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ALERT: Cyber actors cause disruptions to K-12 distance learning

December 14, 2020

As distance learning continues for educational institutions, so do cyber-attacks, which are causing disruptions to computer systems. Are your school computer systems secure?

As many K-12 educational institutions continue remote and distance learning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) continue to receive reports of increased cyber-attacks causing disruptions.

What you need to know

In the attacks, malicious cyber actors target school computer systems rendering the systems inaccessible for basic functions. The attacks are expected to continue through the 2020/2021 academic school year. Educational leadership, informational technology and security personnel are encouraged to balance the risk when determining cybersecurity investments.

Read more about the threats and how to mitigate the risk in this CISA and FBI advisory, Cyber Actors Target K-12 Distance Learning Education to Cause Disruptions and Steal Data.

For more information

If you have additional questions regarding this or any topic regarding information security, contact Eric Spillman using his information below.

Eric Spillman

Information systems consultant
Technology Services

Eric joined AGH in 2018. He is an experienced information systems consultant in our technology services practice, where he participates in the delivery of risk management, information security, and network engineering services. He has extensive experience working with clients in a variety of industries including financial services, healthcare, retail, and professional services.

Eric is a member of ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association). He is CompTIA Security+ certified, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+) certified, CompTIA Security Analytics Professional (CSAP) certified, and a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE). He also served as an information systems security officer in the United States Navy where he received and has maintained secret security clearance.

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