KEY POINTS
  • A new report finds that hackers are increasingly targeting the education industry, leaving students' information vulnerable to identity theft and other types of fraud.
  • Colleges, training providers and private educational companies received more malicious emails than any other sector in the first quarter of 2019, according to Mimecast, an email and data security company.
  • "Education information is really sensitive, nice information for hackers to have," said Michael Madon, senior vice president of threat intelligence at Mimecast.

Hackers are increasingly targeting the education industry, leaving students' information vulnerable to identity theft and other types of fraud.

Colleges, training providers and other private educational companies received more malicious emails than any other sector in the first quarter of 2019, according to Mimecast, an email and data security company.