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2020: A Record-Breaking Year for K-12 Cyberattacks and Data Breaches


COVID-19 had an enormous impact on K-12 cybersecurity, and it's likely that impact will continue on into the next academic year – even if remote learning doesn't. There were three times as many K-12 cybersecurity incidents in the second half of 2020 than in the first. Both teachers and students were targeted, especially in wealthy suburban districts. I can analyze this data to provide insight into the threat landscape and a "best practices" guide for US K-12 education moving into Fall 2021.


Austin Mitchell


  • K-12 education
  • K-12 cyberattacks
  • high school cybersecurity
  • middle school cybersecurity
  • elementary school cybersecurity
  • K-12 ransomware
  • K-12 malware
  • K-12 data breaches
  • Cybersecurity for remote learning
  • Links

  • https://www.k12dive.com/news/2020-was-a-record-year-for-k-12-cybersecurity-incidents/597593/
  • https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/95164-now-ransomware-is-inundating-public-school-systems
  • https://k12cybersecure.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/StateofK12Cybersecurity-2020.pdf
  • https://securityintelligence.com/articles/security-threats-to-schools-using-remote-learning/