Digital transformation has revolutionized education. Beyond online learning options, students use tablets and computers in place of books, pencils and paper. Threat actors know this, which is why education is the industry with the most recorded malware attacks.
Yet when schools offer security training, more often than not, administrators are the ones receiving the instruction. It's crucial to prioritize cyber security teacher training. According to a Morning Consult study, 59% of educators don't know if they've had security training, or they haven't had any recently, despite more than three-quarters of teachers relying on online learning.
In addition, the study found many teachers are unfamiliar with common cyber security threats. For example, even as classrooms were virtual for much of 2020, half of educators were unfamiliar with videobombing. Even fewer were familiar with attacks like phishing and ransomware.
The lack of cybersecurity teacher training can put students' personal information at risk. Cyber criminals favor targeting children's personally identifiable information (PII) because that data isn't monitored as closely as adult PII. In fact, childrens' data may not be identified as compromised until they apply for jobs and driver's licenses.