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CIS MS-ISAC Report: K-12 Schools Cybersecurity Concerns

Updated on 2022-11-16

A report by the Center for Internet Security stated that K-12 schools remain a top target for cyberattacks as 81% have not implemented proper MFA, while 29% have no MFA at all. Read more: Report: K-12 Orgs Concerned about Security Budget, Threats

Overview: CIS MS-ISAC Report: K-12 Schools Cybersecurity Concerns

A report from the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) says that while K-12 schools in the US continue to be targeted by cyberattacks, the sector as a whole “lag[s] behind other sectors in cybersecurity preparedness.” K-12 organizations responding to the 2021 Nationwide Cybersecurity Review were most concerned with insufficient cybersecurity funding and the sophistication of cyber threats.


  • The report notes that K-12 schools are spending less than 1% of their IT budget on cyber security. Given the history of school budgets, those IT dollars are stretched pretty thin, leaving few dollars to implement needed improvements such as MFA or startup campus-wide strategic planning for overall cyber resiliency. Schools can join the MS-ISAC for no cost and have access to information and tools needed to help them raise the bar. This may be a good time for you to introduce yourself to your kids’ school as a cyber professional offering to help, rather than just a concerned parent.
  • There are lots of target school systems and many lack the scale necessary to do security well. Consider application services in the cloud. Choose them for their ability to protect users and users from themselves and others.


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