Security & Privacy


ParentSquare Joins Access 4 Learning Student Data Privacy Consortium

Amid a growing call by cybersecurity experts and privacy advocates for tighter student data protection measures, and two big data breaches in recent months compromising the personal information of millions of students, unified school-home engagement provider ParentSquare has joined the nonprofit Access for Learning Community’s Student Data Privacy Consortium, the company said this week.

Two More Districts, in California & Washington, Add 22K to Number of Students Impacted by Illuminate Breach

Two more school districts, Waterford USD in California and Renton in Washington state, have filed state-mandated notification letters with their respective state Attorney Generals revealing that their students — a combined total of at least 22,000 — were among the millions across the country impacted by the Illuminate Education breach of private student data.

Vector Solutions Adds New Topics to its Student Safety and Wellness Training Course Library

School safety training provider Vector Solutions has introduced new online student courses on safety topics such as trauma awareness, dating violence, human trafficking, and more, the company said in a news release.

Flashpoint Now Offering Its Cybersecurity and Risk Management Solutions to K–12 Schools

Cybersecurity and risk intelligence firm Flashpoint today announced it is entering the K–12 sector with its comprehensive risk management and cybersecurity solutions, offering an outsourcing option to school leaders and typically under-resourced IT professionals concerned about protecting their school networks amid rising numbers of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents targeting public schools.

Two More Districts, in California and Connecticut, Say Their Students' Data Included in Illuminate Education Breach

Two more school districts have recently notified parents that their students were among the millions across the country impacted by the Illuminate Education breach of private student data: Ventura Unified School District in California and Newtown Public Schools in Connecticut.

Illuminate Education Breach Included Los Angeles Unified & Riverside County Districts, Pushing Total Impacted to Over 3M

The breach of student data that occurred during a January 2022 cyberattack targeting Illuminate Education’s systems is now known to have impacted the nation’s second-largest school district, Los Angeles Unified with 430,000 students, and all the districts within Riverside County, pushing the total number of students whose private data was stolen to at least 3 million.

Zayo Group Completes Acquisition of Education Networks of America

Zayo Group Holdings has completed its acquisition of Education Networks of America, combining the companies’ solutions including managed network connectivity, communications, cloud technology, and cybersecurity services to K–12 school districts participating in the federal E-Rate program, according to a news release.

IBM Invites K-12 Schools in U.S. to Apply For Cybersecurity Grants of $500K Apiece

IBM will provide resources and staff support worth $3 million to help address cybersecurity resiliency in schools to six K–12 school districts in the United States for the second consecutive year, according to a news release.

Ransomware Data Breaches' Growth Last Year Equal to Last 5 Years Combined, Verizon Report Says

Data breaches resulting from ransomware attacks increased 13% last year — equal to the last five years’ increase combined — and are impacting more education organizations than ever, according to the recently released Verizon Business 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Identity Automation, Infinite Campus Partner to Streamline Identity Management, Data Interoperability

Identity Automation and student information system provider Infinite Campus have launched a new partnership to significantly improve efficiencies in account provisioning, authentication management, rostering, and data interoperability, company officials said.

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