FBI Warns of Cyber Threats to K-12 Students and Unsecured Ed Tech Systems

September 27, 2018
Legal Update

On September 13, the FBI released a public service announcement warning of the cyber threats that accompany K-12 schools’ rapid adoption and increasing use of education technologies.

Districts use education technologies to compile a vast amount of student data. This far-reaching collection of student data, coupled with the rapid growth and ease of adoption of education technologies by schools, have safety and privacy implications in the event that such data is exploited or compromised. Specifically, the FBI notes that “[m]alicious use of this sensitive data could result in social engineering, bullying, tracking, identity theft, or other means for targeting children.” School data breaches are already wide-spread and frequent.

FBI Recommendations

To address these risks, the FBI recommends that parents and families do the following: