Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD) – the second largest school district in the United States – suffered a ransomware attack that hit its IT systems over the weekend. LAUSD enrolls 640,000 students and includes Los Angeles, 31 smaller municipalities, and Los Angeles County unincorporated sections. LAUSD is currently working with the FBI and CISA to investigate and respond to the incident.
Josh Rickard, Senior Security Automation Architect at Swimlane shared his insights on the attack.
“With kids returning to school this week as well as school districts’ limited cybersecurity resources, school systems like LAUSD have unfortunately become easy targets for cybercriminals.
Ransomware attacks can be crippling to American school districts, since many school systems lack the proper resources and funding for cybersecurity personnel. While LAUSD is currently working with the FBI and CISA to investigate and respond to the incident, there are steps school districts can take to prevent an attack before it occurs. To mitigate the result of limited cybersecurity resources, school districts should use security automation to assist with the detection and response to these threats in real time. By adopting low-code security automation, organizations can implement repeatable and reliable response processes that augment the lack of staff available."