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.
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.
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 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.