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There has been a significant increase in cyberattacks against public schools in the United States since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Federal cybersecurity officials expect these attacks to continue growing in frequency and sophistication. One of the factors contributing to the increased targeting of public schools by cybercriminals is that most schools do not spend enough to bolster their cybersecurity. Another factor is the lack of preparation by public schools to defend themselves against cyberattacks. A school system's network may not have proper security mechanisms or professionals in place to protect sensitive personal information from cyberattacks. This article continues to discuss notable cyberattacks faced by public schools this year, the factors contributing to the significant growth in attacks targeting public schools, how cybercriminals are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic in their execution of ransomware attacks against these schools, and what schools can do to strengthen their cybersecurity.

Homeland Security News Wire reports "K-12 Schools Need to Take Cyberattacks More Seriously"