In response to news that Infinite Campus, which serves 7+ Million US students in grades 1-12 (in 2000 districts across 45 states), was hit with a DDoS Cyber attack limited parental access to Oklahoma City schools site, an expert with Corero Network Security offers insight.
Sean Newman, Director Product Management at Corero Network Security:
“The attack on Oklahoma City’s student information system is just another example of just how many services, which are increasingly provided online for reasons of cost, efficiency and scalability, are delivered without adequate resiliency to Distributed Denial of Service attacks. The motive appears to be unclear at this stage, but so close to the start of the new school year there could be many reasons. The key point is that such a critical service is able to be taken down by what is now a relatively cheap and simple to launch attack vector. It’s good to see that a strong emphasis is being placed on the privacy of any data being held, but that doesn’t help with the disruption and inconvenience caused when such a vital service is down for an extended period of time. This further highlights the increasing need for organizations that rely on high levels of online availability to ensure they include the latest always-on, real-time, automatic DDoS protection in their defenses. DDoS Trends Research for the first half of 2018 shows that DDoS attacks increased 40% from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018.”