Cybersecurity Guide for the Education Sector

The education sector remains a prime target for cybercriminals because of its sheer size and the large attack surface that offers the potential for significant financial gains. The number of devices and diversity of operating systems in the network, the increased use of e-learning tools leading to new vulnerabilities, and the varying degrees of technical knowledge in students, teachers, and administrative staff that loosen up cybersecurity in favor of usability are all the factors that affect this industry which is usually understaffed and underfunded.

In this report, Sophos reveals the cybersecurity challenges facing the education sector, with more institutions turning to hybrid and remote teaching modes that increase vulnerabilities in the system while cyberthreats are continuing to grow in both volume and capacity.