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The nonprofit K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX) has released its highly anticipated cybersecurity standards of practice for K–12 schools and districts, a companion to the K12 SIX Essential Cybersecurity Protections released in August. The group also released a free self-assessment tool for information technology and information security leaders.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Ohio is helping to connect families to the internet for remote learning. Initially, the district is expected to push free broadband to about 5,300 families.
Google, Kahoot! And Zoom are the most-used tools of 2020–2021.
A new threat report from data security firm CrowdStrike found that criminals engaging in intrusion into information systems are getting much more efficient at what they do. It also found that intrusions into academic systems are soaring.
Kahoot!'s acquisition of Clever has received the necessary regulatory approval to move forward. In a recent update, the company said the buyout will be completed "as soon as possible in the beginning of September 2021."
Computing devices are seeing slower-than-expected growth this year, owing largely to shortages caused by the public policy response to the pandemic. Nevertheless, overall growth in 2021 will be positive, according to a new report. However, that growth will continue to slow through 2025, with tablets actually going seeing negative growth. Education is one of the positive drivers.
Despite electronic component shortages caused by the public policy response to the pandemic, traditional PCs (notebooks, desktops and workstations) saw 13.2% year-over-year growth in the second quarter of 2021. However, largely owing to shortages, desktops grew at a higher rate than notebooks.
Nonprofit Internet2 has been working with state and regional agencies to help accelerate the spread of eduroam into K–12 schools, libraries and museums, resulting in the launch of eduroam Support Organizations.
Schools need smarter and more agile networks to respond to the demands of a digital learning environment that is still in the throes of major changes. For many schools, this means the displacement of legacy WAN (wide area network) architectures with SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networks).
New York district overhauls school-to-home communications efforts with a unified, data-rich communication platform to improve disconnected communications with families.
Rising cyberattacks, new federal requirements, and an evolving education landscape have pushed cybersecurity to the forefront for just about every district IT leader.