There has been a significant increase in physical and IT breaches in schools K-12.
In the past year, 55% of school districts reported experiencing an IT breach including hacking and viruses, while 67% experienced a physical breach such as vandalism or an unauthorized person in the school.
It was also reported that 41% of the IT breaches were from students and 22% were caused by staff and employees. As for the physical breaches, 42% were committed by unidentified persons and 37% by students.
Unfortunately for many districts, protection against these types of security breaches remains unchanged due to the lack of funding, too few staff resources and the need for more security protection. The 2009 school safety index found that on scale from 0 to 100, the national cyber security average is 22.2. This is down from 38.6 from 2008’s survey, indicating security levels in schools have dropped significantly.
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