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Cybersecurity in K-12 Education: Schools Face Increased Risk of Cyber Attacks

When Terry Van Zoeren came out of retirement this year to be interim superintendent at a New Jersey school district, he didn’t anticipate dealing with a cyber attack.

But the 20-year administration veteran was forced into action in March when a savvy foreign hacker held the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District’s computer system for a ransom — making it impossible for kids at four elementary schools to take their online statewide tests as scheduled.