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CrowdStrike Report Shows 2021 Ransomware Data Leaks Doubled in Education Sector

Cybersecurity researchers at CrowdStrike reveal in the company's 8th annual Global Threat Report released today that ransomware-related data leaks more than doubled in the education sector in 2021 over the previous year.

Two Free Webinars for K–12 Will Focus on Student Data Privacy Risks and Legal Issues

Two organizations specializing in cybersecurity practices and regulations in the education sector will each host a webinar next week focusing on student data privacy, data security, and the inherent risks and legal issues connected to K–12 schools’ increasing use of third-party digital solutions.

LearnPlatform Launches Evidence Subscription Service to Help Ed Tech Providers Show ESSA Compliance

LearnPlatform today launched a subscription-based analytics solution called Evidence-as-a-Service to help ed tech providers and school districts better determine the impact of their digital learning platforms and to gather the necessary evidence to demonstrate compliance with Every Student Succeeds Act, the company announced.

Experts: Schools Will Have to Step It Up, Pay More to Get Cyberinsurance This Year

Cyberinsurance premiums are expected to skyrocket this year as insurers crack down on the amount of risk they’ll accept — and they’re starting to require organizations requesting a quote to prove that their network security is in tip-top shape, industry experts said.

Google Introduces Chromebook Repair Hub for U.S. Schools, Self-Repair Guides for Acer and Lenovo Models

With 50 million Chromebooks now in use in schools, Google today introduced a new Chromebook repair program for U.S. education users of the Acer- and Lenovo-made models, with a new website providing self-service repair guides for each model.

The Critical Role of Data in K–12 COVID Recovery

As K–12 schools work to recover from widespread learning loss resulting from pandemic disruptions, implementing the tools, policies, and practices necessary to capture and leverage actionable data will be critical; here's how to identify, measure, and act on student and school data to maximize efforts at closing the learning gap.

PowerSchool to Acquire Kinvolved, Add Its Communications Solutions

By acquiring Kinvolved and adding its two-way communication, attendance, and engagement technology to PowerSchool, schools and districts will benefit from stronger collaboration and enable more equitable partnerships between educators, students, and families, PowerSchool said.

Student Data Security and Privacy Must Be Taken More Seriously

Data security and privacy are inseparable. With today kicking off Data Privacy Week, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at the efforts being made to ensure the privacy of our student’s data is being protected, and understand why schools must take data security more seriously.

Acer Introduces Four New Education Chromebook Models

Acer today introduced four new Chromebooks with the newest technologies, durable designs, and features optimal for education uses, including top-rated impact resistance, mechanically anchored keyboards, OceanGlass touchpads and use of post-consumer recycled plastics.

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