Here we go again.
Last month we told you about a hack that impacted Blackbaud, one of the major players in the educational software industry, which exposed the personal and financial data of students, former students, staff, and supporters at ten different schools.
This month, The Clark County School District (CCSD) in Las Vegas, Nevada was the victim of a ransomware attack three days after its schools reopened for in-person learning. The District refused the ransom demand, so the hacker published documents containing Social Security numbers, student grades and other private information for some of its 320,000 students.
Why Does This Keep Happening?
One reason is that schools are relying on their websites more than ever. COVID has put an extra strain on sites now being utilized for remote learning and increased communication between teachers, students, administrators and parents. If that system were to go down when everyone is online, the impact would be more far-reaching than in a typical school year.
Another challenge is that hackers have become more ruthless. As CCSD discovered, data will get published if their demands are not met.
What Can You Do?
After it happens? Nothing. You can upgrade security to avoid a repeat occurrence, but the damage has already been done. The goal is to take steps to prevent such attacks before you have to contact law enforcement – and angry parents; before you can’t initiate automated paycheck distribution; before you face a decision about paying thousands of dollars to regain access to your website or risk data exposure.
If you haven’t been hit yet, now is the time to act. With Honor Roll, you’ll be working with a company that has protocols in place to deliver the security you need, so you can focus on the day-to-day challenges of running your school.
Honor Roll School Websites: Protecting Your Data
With Honor Roll you’ll receive the convenience and cost-savings advantages of our website platform, as well as state-of-the-art data protection.
Our Honor Roll websites offer a wealth of benefits to schools and school districts of all sizes and types. You can get the details on why they have been so successful here.
A Great New Website: Free for the First Year
To help school districts cope with the additional challenges brought on by the pandemic, Honor Roll is pleased to offer a one-year free program that allows your schools to revise or scale up their websites without increasing costs, so they have one less thing to worry about.
We’ll provide everything you need to get your site up and running, including:
- Design of your custom site
- All content migration from your existing site
- Launch of your mobile app
- Secure, redundant hosting of your site
- Unlimited, free training and support for your staff, volunteers and parent administrators
- Upfront, low pricing after the first year, with flexible per school pricing
- There is no contract – you may cancel after the year is up and owe nothing