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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.

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.

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.

How to Prepare Your School for a Cyberattack with Limited Resources

Schools don't need to reinvent the wheel when tackling the monumental task of shoring up its IT security, experts say, noting a handful of free resources and guides for IT personnel as well as for district leaders and non-technical personnel — all of whom must be involved in any effective cybersafety plan.

Windows 11 SE Education Devices Launch

Devices running on the all-new Windows 11 SE for education began shipping Tuesday. These include a new Surface SE device from Microsoft itself, as well as Intel- and AMD-based devices from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and others.

Advice for Overwhelmed School IT Staff from a Cybersecurity Pro: Progress, Not Perfection

Cybersecurity leader and district IT chief Rod Russeau maintains that the biggest hurdle to an effective K–12 cybersecurity strategy isn’t technical know-how; it’s getting district leaders and decision-makers on board and ensuring communication about cybersecurity goals and best practices permeates every level and every group within the district.

Endpoint Malware and Ransomware in First Three Quarters of 2021 Topped All of 2020, WatchGuard Reports

WatchGuard Technologies, a global network security and intelligence provider, said in a new Internet Security Report released today that endpoint malware and ransomware attacks during the first three quarters of 2021 totaled more than in all of 2020.

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