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Why The Back To School Season Is A Playground For Hackers

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With the Summer holidays coming to an end, students across the UK will soon be returning to the classroom.As preparations for the next academic year commence, now is the time for everyone do their homework and ensure a cyber-savvy approach to schooling sits front and centre for 2018 and beyond.

Hackers typically target teachers and parents around this time because they are often ill-equipped to deal with cyber thefts. At the same time, sensitive data held by schools, such as children’s medical records and academic achievements, are lucrative on the Dark Web. Malware and phishing are the most popular types of attacks, according to research commissioned by the educational insurance company, Ecclesiastical. In fact, twenty per cent of educational institutions have been targeted by these types of threats where universities, which are generally better prepared than schools.

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