Cyber Attacks, Another Problem for Online Testing and Data Storage

Photo credit: Bartmoni (CC-By-SA 3.0)
Photo credit: Bartmoni (CC-By-SA 3.0)

Some news out of Rhode Island caught my eye today. A school has to put off its PARCC testing because of a cyber attack they experienced.

WPRI Channel 12 reports:

Warwick school officials said a cyber attack has led them to postpone a standardized test for the second straight day in two city high schools.

In an email and robocall to parents, the school department said the cyber attack targeted the computer networks at both Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools.

They were also postponing testing today so they could further secure their networks.

You don’t have this issue with paper tests. Also any school or state that stores their student data online puts that data at risk.