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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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia To Provide Cybersecurity Check-Up Platform to All School Districts in State

Georgia’s Board of Education recently approved the state superintendent’s recommendation to contract with the Georgia Technology Authority to provide licensing for a nationally recognized cybersecurity platform to each school district. The department will spend $970,000 in federal funds for the licenses; school districts will not be responsible for any of the cost, according to a GaDOE news release.

Lightspeed Acquires Learning Analytics Provider CatchOn

Lightspeed Systems, a provider of online student safety technology, on Tuesday announced that it has acquired CatchOn, a learning analytics provider for schools, according to a news release.

SolarWinds Public Sector Cybersecurity Survey: External Threats Growing Faster Than Response Capabilities

In its seventh annual Public Sector Cybersecurity Survey Report released this morning, SolarWinds found that a majority of education organizations surveyed have not improved their cybersecurity detection or resolution capabilities — even as attacks against schools have skyrocketed during the pandemic.

Finalsite Says Ransomware Actor Identified as Client Sites Back Online

School website software provider Finalsite said today that an investigation has identified the threat actor behind a ransomware attack last Tuesday that prompted the company to shut down its systems, taking about 3,000 school websites offline for most of the week in the process.

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