Increased Cyberattacks Against Governments and Schools

Cyberattacks have risen sharply against governments and schools in recent months, with a notable increase in the number of attacks targeting critical infrastructure, according to cybersecurity experts.

Global attacks are increasing

The surge in attacks has put a spotlight on the vulnerability of public institutions, as hackers seek to exploit weaknesses in their systems for financial gain, political purposes, or even for the sheer thrill of causing disruption.

Proactive approach to cybersecurity

According to cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, the number of ransomware attacks against local governments increased by 311% in the first half of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.

"The surge in attacks against government and educational institutions is alarming," said Dmitri Alperovitch, the founder of CrowdStrike. "These institutions often lack the resources and expertise to defend themselves against sophisticated cyberattacks, which makes them particularly vulnerable."

Increased cybersecurity budgets

It's an attack on education

Security is vital for institutions

The rise in cyberattacks against governments and schools highlights the need for increased investment in cybersecurity and for institutions to take proactive measures to protect themselves from potential attacks.

This includes implementing strong cybersecurity policies, regularly updating software and systems, and providing cybersecurity training to employees.

"Cybersecurity is no longer an optional expense," said Alperovitch. "It is a critical investment that is necessary to protect against the growing threat of cyberattacks. Governments and schools need to take this threat seriously and take action to protect themselves."