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Happy Friday my friend,


Cybercriminals love to strike during holidays and long weekends, so it should come as no surprise that over the long Labor Day weekend the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), one of the largest in the US, experienced a ransomware attack.


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This is timely, as according to a joint advisory released yesterday by the FBI and CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency), a ransomware gang known as Vice Society emerged last year that has been disproportionately targeting the education sector with ransomware attacks.


Federal officials has stated that schools with limited cybersecurity resources are often the most vulnerable to ransomware, but even well-defended school systems can be at risk to opportunistic hackers. K-12 schools may be seen as particularly lucrative targets due to the sensitive student data often stored on school systems or third-party tech companies.


The Takeaway


Ransomware attacks have been an added worry for school administrators who are already struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. With limited budgets and a staff spread thin, this can be a real problem for schools whose focus needs to be on education, not defense against dark actors.


If you or someone you know is involved with a Hawaii school that could be at risk, we can evaluate their cybersecurity stance and give a free report card. Simply reply to this email to get the process started.


Stay safe out there


-A