A survey of around 4,000 administrators and teachers at US schools found that 25% of administrators say their district experienced a hack, phishing incident, data breach or other cyber-attack in the past year.
The survey was conducted by Clever, a platform used by more than 70% of K-12 schools to simplify and secure digital learning.
Other findings from the survey revealed that more than three out of four school districts say they will increase their spending on security and privacy in the next two to three years.
However, while more than half of administrators (63%) and teachers (53%) believe that their district is prepared to take on digital security challenges, one in four teachers report cybersecurity training is missing altogether in their district.
“Creating a safe digital learning environment requires that everyone – administrators, educators, students – play a role,” said Mohit Gupta, Clever.
“Cybersecurity is a team sport and the differences highlighted in the survey offer us a path forward to address vulnerabilities in our schools. While the groups differ on where the risks exist, they agree on what can be done: more training for educators, the use of security tools, and increased specialized staff.”
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