StateScoop reports that U.S. schools have been receiving inadequate cybersecurity funding from states.
Even though 70% of educational technology directors, state superintendents, and senior state officials across the U.S. have noted cyberattacks against their state or local education agency during the past 12 months, 57% said that their cybersecurity efforts were given very little financial support by their states, compared with only 6% who said that state school cybersecurity funding was adequate, according to State Educational Technology Directors Association and Whiteboard Advisors' State EdTech Trends Report.
"Cybersecurity and privacy were consistently identified as high priorities for technology in the survey responses, yet respondents also indicated that resource allocations often don't align with the level of priority," said researchers.
The findings come after the FBI, MS-ISAC, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned about mounting Vice Society ransomware attacks against K-12 organizations, as well as the Los Angeles Unified School District's confirmation of a ransomware attack earlier this week.
Several U.S. defense and government organizations have been targeted by state-backed Chinese hacking group Bronze Silhouette, also known as Volt Typhoon, for military intelligence over a period of at least two years, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
Russian, North Korean, and Iranian advanced persistent threat operations have been launching more attacks aimed at compromising small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as their regional managed service providers, reports SecurityWeek.