By K.C. Jones
May 18, 2009
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.
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