(TNS) — Buffalo Public Schools leaders were taken by surprise by the ransomware attack on the district’s network Friday. But they shouldn’t have been.
Cybercriminals are particularly fond of targeting government agencies and school districts, which are generally less likely to devote the financial resources necessary to guard against attacks, according to cybersecurity experts.
“It’s very common for schools to be targeted,” said
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Not only are school districts less likely to hire cybersecurity experts or invest in the outside services needed to prevent ransomware and other cybersecurity attacks, experts said, but school districts have become even more vulnerable because they’ve had to fast-track new remote learning models due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“They were trying to do the best they could to keep things moving, but obviously if you move too quick, you’re going to leave vulnerabilities that people can take advantage of,” said
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