The education industry, including K-12, community colleges, and universities, has experienced a difficult couple of years with COVID-19 restrictions, remote learning, curriculum debates, and funding concerns. Schools also can add cyberattacks and data breaches to that list.
Public school districts from Baltimore County, Maryland, to Broward County, Florida, to Fort Worth, Texas, have experienced ransomware attacks. Notably, in the Broward County attack, the cybercriminals demanded $40 million, though the district did not end up paying that extraordinary amount. Also, colleges and universities in states from California to Kansas to Massachusetts have been burdened with data breaches and ransom demands. Overall, the average cost of a data breach in the education industry totaled $3.79 million, according to the IBM Security Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021. 1
But there are security solutions that can help your school defend its data and protect against cyberattacks. MDR is a growing category of security solutions, and technological research and consulting firm Gartner projects that 50% of all organizations will use MDR services by 2025.2
After reading this guide, you will have a better understanding of why schools are turning to MDR service providers for help. This guide covers:
- Cybersecurity challenges for schools
- Differences between SIEM, managed security service providers (MSSPs), and MDR
- How to evaluate an MDR provider
- The Pondurance approach to MDR