EdTech Security Progress Retarded by Cyber Incidents

March 19, 2019

Education Cybersecurity Weekly is a curated weekly news overview for those who are concerned about the Education industry and Education data breach. It provides brief summaries and links to articles and news across a spectrum of cybersecurity and tech development topics that are specific to the industry.

If your life lacks anomalies, this one, revealing the sharp increase of cyber attacks on educational institutions, is for you. Two words, ten letters, and plenty of fear in the security specialist's eyes. Those words are softly echoing in a panic-stricken silence as if chanted… Human error!

Spring cyber attacks anomaly hit education sector

EdScoop on March 15, 2019

If your life lacks anomalies, this one, revealing the sharp increase of cyber attacks on educational institutions, is for you. In the previous digest, two incidents were reported demonstrating the shortcomings of data protection in educational organizations. It did not turn out to be the end, and this week EdScoop burst out covering breaches in the education sector.

University of Chicago Law School accidentally exposed applicants’ information to the new students. The data included the names, contact information, academic data like GPA, and test scores, and admissions decisions.

Later at the Orchard View Schools district in Michigan, hackers changed students’ grades and attendance records. Although parents of the affected students have been already notified, the investigation is still going on.

Finally, the widespread phishing attack hit the California school districts. The sensitive data of the Carmel Unified School District employees was compromised. According to Jessica Hull, a spokesperson for Monterey County Office of Education, the email contained an infected link, directing a user to the fake login screen that stole his login credentials once entered.

IP-based phone system for universities: a technological breakthrough or new cyberthreat?

EdTech Magazine Focus on K-12 on March 18, 2019

Adopting IP-based phone systems is a consistent tendency among districts, intending to upgrade communications network. The advantages of this solution cannot be ignored – convenience of the mass communication, the ability to deliver both video and voice messages, greater redundancy, and EdTech security progress.

Here in Texas, we have some very large high schools, so it’s important to know not only someone’s address but also their location within a building. If I’m calling from the gym, the system lets responders know where the closest entrance is or what room I’m in.

Kyle Berger, CTO of the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District

While nearly 90% of schools mentioned creating a safe environment as the top communications priority, IP-based phone system represents another vector for cybercrime. Therefore, IT-teams of the education organizations should evaluate all risks.

Hackers, why do you need the General Certificate of Secondary Education coursework?

BBC News on March 13, 2019

Two words, ten letters, and plenty of fear in the security specialist’s eyes. Those words are softly echoing in a panic-stricken silence as if chanted… Human error!

It could really be included in the list of the most permanent things in the world. The cybersecurity world is no exception, despite EdTech security progress. In the Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport a staff member accidentally opened an infected email, containing a virus. As a result, the coursework from one subject, saved on the school system and submitted by Year 11 students, was lost.

Commenting on the situation, head teacher David Herbert emphasized that “personal data relating to staff, students and parents is not held on this system and is secure.”

Research universities under cyber espionage risk

EdTech Magazine Focus on Higher Ed on March 15, 2019

A coin has two sides. This idiom would perfectly describe the technology development if its impact was not so diverse. Thus, two sides are not enough to estimate the outcomes of the EdTech security progress. Actually, cyber espionage is one of them.

Universities are particularly vulnerable to this form of cyber attacks. According to the FireEye experts, in 2018 a wave of the espionage activity hit multiple organizations, including educational institutions. What is noteworthy, most of the victims conducted the maritime defense–related projects. Therefore, protecting the intellectual property of both faculty and students deserves special attention from the university administrators.



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