According to a study by Check Point Software, there has been an increase in cyber attacks on the Education Sector operating across the world. And the survey confirmed that the education sector operating in United States, UK, Israel, India and Italy were deeply affected from January to July this year.
Educators have become vulnerable to cyber attacks, especially when most of the classes are being held online because of the fast spread of Corona Virus Pandemic. As most teachers and students are failing to understand the underlying threats in the cyber landscape, they are falling as easy prey to hackers, who are then seen exploiting the entire school or university network through PCs of students & teaching staff.
Also in another survey carried out by Israel Manufacturers Association, it was revealed every one in four Israeli companies were hit by cyber attacks in 2020, fetching a total loss of $1bilion in revenue to companies.
Lior Frenkel, the CEO of Waterfall Security, stated that the survey results show how ill prepared is the Israel’s Industrial Sector, although country is the top nation in developing products and services related to Cybersecurity.
Training school and college staff to thwart most sophisticated cyber threats, keeping the software up to date, installing threat monitoring solutions such as anti-malware and anti-virus software, following basic cyber hygiene like creating strong passwords, and avoid clicking email links sent by unknown senders can help protecting the network and data of students and staff of educational institutes say experts.