Security & Privacy


IO Classroom Cyberattack in January Compromised Personal Data of Over 800K NYC Students

A January cyberattack targeting Illuminate Education’s digital grading, attendance, and parent-teacher communication platforms used by New York City’s public schools resulted in a data breach affecting about 820,000 current and former students, but the number of students whose data was compromised could be much larger, as the IO Classroom platform targeted in the attack serves about 5 million U.S. students and over 7,000 K–12 districts.

Closegap Launches Insights Tool to Better Track Student Emotional, Physical, and Mental Health

Closegap, a nonprofit whose daily mental health check-in platform is used in over 2,000 K-12 schools across the United States, has rolled out premium add-on features for its free Closegap Essentials platform.

Mental Health Tops Safety Concerns in K–12

In K–12 schools, student mental health has overtaken COVID-19 safety measures as the top concern for the 2022–2023 school year.

Cybersecurity Experts Call for More Transparency and Immediate Resources for Schools

The nation’s public K–12 schools need immediate, tangible help to address widespread cybersecurity vulnerabilities and a crippling shortage of resources, and policymakers have begun to propose ways to meet those needs, but missing from those debates is the trend of school districts declining to alert their communities when a cyberattack has compromised the private, personal information of students or staff — and cybersecurity experts are calling for transparency and greater oversight.

SETDA Report Calls for State Education Agencies to Take Lead on Cybersecurity, More Sustained Funding

SETDA, a national association of U.S. ed tech and IT leaders, on Wednesday released its first Cybersecurity and Privacy Collaborative “landscape scan” calling on federal policymakers and state and local education leaders to work together to increase information sharing and to commit significant, sustained resources and training to improving cybersecurity across the nation’s K–12 schools.

Linewize Acquires School Web Filter and Firewall Provider Cipafilter

K–12 cyber safety management provider Linewize, a division of Family Zone, announced today its parent company has acquired Cipafilter, a web filter and firewall software company serving about 400,000 students nationwide.

Growing Frequency and Rising Costs of Ransomware Attacks on Schools Highlight New Report

In its annual State of K–12 Cybersecurity Year in Review report released today, national nonprofit K12SIX reveals that ransomware has become the most common type of publicly disclosed cyber incident at U.S. schools, as increasingly aggressive tactics by threat actors drive the stakes higher — amid lax government oversight of districts' protective measures and no mandate for districts to disclose incidents to the public.

K12SIX Holding Free Symposium on K–12 Cybersecurity on Thursday, March 10

K12 Security Information Exchange, a nonprofit dedicated to helping protect public and private K–12 schools from cybersecurity threats, will host a K–12 Cybersecurity Leadership Symposium on Thursday, March 10, beginning at 11 a.m. EST.

Securly Acquires Dyknow, To Combine Device Management and Monitoring Solutions Into One Platform

Securly, a provider of student safety and wellness monitoring solutions, today announced it has acquired device management software provider Dyknow.

Comprehensive K–12 School Security Guide, Online Assessment Tool Released

The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency this week released an updated CISA K-12 School Security Guide and School Security Assessment Tool, which include new aids and guidance to support K-12 school districts in strengthening physical security on school campuses and protect against targeted violence and other threats.

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