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Education Sector Continues to Get Hit with Ransomware Attacks

According to Emsisoft, the education sector continues to experience ransomware attacks, with a whopping 1,043 schools affected by ransomware in 2021. This statistic breaks down to 62 school districts and 26 colleges and universities.

Emsisoft estimates that data of employees and students were stolen in at least half of those attacks in 2021.

2022 looks to be even worse for higher education than 2021 for ransomware attacks. In the beginning of 2022, higher education institutions continued to be targeted by ransomware gangs. In March and April, BlackCat (a/k/a ALPHV group) deployed ransomware against North Carolina A&T State University and Florida International University, and in April Austin Peay State University was hit with a ransomware attack as well.

Some of the attacks disrupted the application process, operations, and classes in one case, the ransomware attack put the school over the edge to closure. All the more reason for those in the education sector to prepare and mitigate against the risk of an attack.

Copyright © 2022 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 125
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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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