Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

5/18/2009
11:25 AM
50%
50%

Schools' Cybersecurity Needs Improvement

While more than half of surveyed schools reported a breach last year, 75% say their security infrastructure is adequate.

Although school districts have moved toward improving network and building security, a rise in breaches has caused overall school IT security to drop, CDW Government's School Safety Index found.

In the past year, 55% of U.S. school districts reported breaches, including unauthorized user access and hacking or viruses, CDW Government said Monday. Sixty-seven percent of districts reported break-ins, unauthorized visitors, vandalism, or other physical breaches, according to the index. Nevertheless, 75% of respondents reported that their cybersecurity and physical security infrastructures were adequate.

The index, which reflects a national survey of more than 400 district IT and security directors, found that 41% of IT security breaches were caused by students and 22% by staff. Unidentified perpetrators (42%) and students (37%) cause most physical breaches, according to the index.

"Districts reported gains in important areas such as securing buildings and networks, but many are missing the opportunity to counter increased breaches by sharing best practices with other districts and engaging district administrators regularly on security priorities and investments," Bob Kirby, VP of K-12 education at CDW-G, said in a statement released Monday.

Eighty-eight percent of districts use wireless networks for student access to the Internet and online learning tools, and 65% of schools that don't have a wireless network are considering or are implementing one within the next year. Ninety-two percent of districts use data encryption.

The Grades Are In

On a rating scale of zero to 100, the 2009 national cybersecurity average for schools is 22.2.

Most districts have acceptable-use policies, according to CDW, but just 40% actively enforce them. Forty percent reported spending less than four hours monthly to review questionable Internet activity.

The national physical security average for schools is 32.3%. The number of schools using security cameras has risen from 70% in 2008 to 79% this year, but half only use them for outside areas.

The School Safety Index also found that 36% of districts allow local emergency response personnel to view camera footage in real time, and 24% plan to do so in the next 12 months. Seventy percent of districts said they use mass notification systems to enhance safety communications. That's up from 45% in 2008. Forty-six percent of districts that do not have mass notifications now are considering such a system in the next year.

Districts' top IT and physical security barriers are the same as they were last year. They include lack of adequate funding, staff and security tools.


Attend a Webcast on protecting your company and customer data. It happens May 20. Find out more and register.

 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/2/2020
Ripple20 Threatens Increasingly Connected Medical Devices
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  6/30/2020
DDoS Attacks Jump 542% from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020
Dark Reading Staff 6/30/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
How Cybersecurity Incident Response Programs Work (and Why Some Don't)
This Tech Digest takes a look at the vital role cybersecurity incident response (IR) plays in managing cyber-risk within organizations. Download the Tech Digest today to find out how well-planned IR programs can detect intrusions, contain breaches, and help an organization restore normal operations.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-9498
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
Apache Guacamole 1.1.0 and older may mishandle pointers involved inprocessing data received via RDP static virtual channels. If a userconnects to a malicious or compromised RDP server, a series ofspecially-crafted PDUs could result in memory corruption, possiblyallowing arbitrary code to be executed...
CVE-2020-3282
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
A vulnerability in the web-based management interface of Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Session Management Edition, Cisco Unified Communications Manager IM & Presence Service, and Cisco Unity Connection could allow an unauthenticated, remote attack...
CVE-2020-5909
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, when users run the command displayed in NGINX Controller user interface (UI) to fetch the agent installer, the server TLS certificate is not verified.
CVE-2020-5910
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, the Neural Autonomic Transport System (NATS) messaging services in use by the NGINX Controller do not require any form of authentication, so any successful connection would be authorized.
CVE-2020-5911
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, the NGINX Controller installer starts the download of Kubernetes packages from an HTTP URL On Debian/Ubuntu system.