Cyber Security has been making big news for the last decade, not only in the US, but around the world. The constant cyber-attacks directed at small and medium-sized businesses hit close to home, but do not make big headlines.
The editors at ZDNet have proclaimed 2017 The Year of Ransomware, and no wonder. Our network security news feeds this year have been full of warnings about malware variants with names like Petya, NotPetya, WannaCry - and last month's outbreak, which was dubbed Bad Rabbit.
According to a recent survey from the Consortium of School Networks, nearly half of K12 schools devote less than 4% of their budgets to security - a frightening statistic, as networks expand to accommodate an ever-increasing number of endpoints... and catastrophic threats from phishing and ransomware have grown worldwide. And fewer than one-third (27%) of the nation's schools reported that they have a staffer dedicated to monitor network security.
Last month, the Los Angeles Community College District announced that Los Angeles Valley College had been victimized in a ransomware attack to the tune of $28,000 in bitcoins.