What are the outcomes of an attack?
Outcomes of cyberattacks vary greatly. First, there is a risk to student, teacher, and parent information being stolen and sold. Information could range from grades, bullying reports, and social security numbers to name a few. Second, there is a monetary cost to cyberattacks. Officials reported loses to school districts could range from $50,000 to $1 million. Costs may include replacing computer hardware, IT support, and making up lost school days. In the Des Moines Public Schools case, they were forced to pay $10,000 to regain access to their own systems.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has an informative article covering the increase in cyberattacks on K-12 schools.