Security Assessment Tool for Educational Services

Educational Services



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  • Educational Services were dominated by phishing attacks, yet many organizations failed to have the proper reporting systems and processes in place. It’s paramount to educate your staff by running tests and encouraging them to report any possible phishing attempts, so your security team can act quickly.

  • Total incidents


    The number of security incidents (Nov 2018 to Oct 2019) analyzed in this sector in the 2020 DBIR.

  • Top three patterns

    Everything Else 

    Miscellaneous Errors 

    Web Applications 

    The top trends that emerged from this sector’s data (Nov 2018 to Oct 2019) in the 2020 DBIR.

  • Threat actors 

    67% External 

    67 percent

    33% Internal 

    33 percent

    1% Partner  

    1 percent

    1% Multiple  

    1 percent

  • Actor motives 

    92% Financial 

    92 percent

    5% Fun 

    4 percent

    3% Convenience 


    3% Espionage 


    2% Secondary 


  • Data compromised 

    75% Personal 

    77 percent

    30% Credentials 

    30 percent

    23% Other 

    18 percent

    13% Internal  

    13 percent


  • A high rate of credential attacks

    Compared to other sectors, Educational Services organizations reported some of the highest numbers of credential-focused attacks. Ransomware attacks saw a big increase, as well, accounting for 80% of all malware-related incidents.

  • Personal devices create vulnerabilities

    Education was the only sector in which malware distribution to victims was more common through websites than email. This is likely due to malware being distributed via unmonitored email such as students’ personal accounts and BYOD on shared networks. Those infections obviously endanger the larger organization.

  • See the latest trends in cybersecurity.


    Explore the results of the 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) and see what patterns emerged across the thousands of security incidents, from companies both big and small.


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  • Understanding the threats can help manage risk effectively

    The threats are real, the attackers motivated. But something stands between them and your organizations data: you and your security teams, with the insight, perspective, and tools to take action. You'll find that all right here.

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