Education and research were the top targets for cyberattackers in 2021, with an average of 1605 attacks per organization per week, a 75% increase from 2020, according to research by Check Point Software Technologies.
Pandemic’s push for digital invites threats
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed staff in businesses and education to work from home. The resulting need for digital skills and online courses has boosted the digital education market, creating opportunities for study but also for cyberthreats.
A major shift to distance learning and the fact that online education organizations have a huge number of non-employees accessing their systems from remote locations widens the exposure, elevating risks, according to Omer Dembinsky, data research manager at Check Point.