Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity



First Advisor or Mentor

Richard Lovely

Second Reader

Adam Scott Wandt

Third Advisor

Douglas Salane


Today, just like other organizations, schools are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. This vulnerability has vividly revealed itself in recent years, with the number of attacks on public schools increasing and taking ever-changing forms. Today, the student’s grades, disciplinary notes, learning diagnoses, phone numbers, addresses, and another identifying information is all at risk of being exposed. Moreover, poor network security poses a dire threat to parents of school children whose personal records contain sensitive or dangerous information. The practical implications of these attacks require intervention or remedy to increase cyber security. Cyberattacks may take place when storage facilities or infected devices are introduced into systems. As well, accidental or malicious activities by operators expose or change private data about students’ mental and emotional health, future postgraduate pursuits, and social security numbers. To examine the impacts of poor cyber security in the context of schools, this paper employs a case study of an urban high school and examines its vulnerabilities to various cyber-attacks and offers practical recommendations and measures to counter them.



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