Security & Privacy


CrowdStrike Report Shows 2021 Ransomware Data Leaks Doubled in Education Sector

Cybersecurity researchers at CrowdStrike reveal in the company's 8th annual Global Threat Report released today that ransomware-related data leaks more than doubled in the education sector in 2021 over the previous year.

Two Free Webinars for K–12 Will Focus on Student Data Privacy Risks and Legal Issues

Two organizations specializing in cybersecurity practices and regulations in the education sector will each host a webinar next week focusing on student data privacy, data security, and the inherent risks and legal issues connected to K–12 schools’ increasing use of third-party digital solutions.

Rave Mobile Safety Acquires AppArmor, Extends Market Reach in Safety and Incident Response Solutions

Rave Mobile Safety, the maker of the Rave panic button app used by 10,000 K–12 schools across the nation, today announced the acquisition of AppArmor, a major provider of custom-branded mobile safety and emergency notification apps serving hundreds of higher ed, public safety, corporate, and healthcare organizations.

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.

Cook Center, Share My Lesson Platform Offering New Student Mental Health Animated Series, Extension Lessons

The Cook Center for Human Connection today announced a partnership with the American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson platform to make a new teen mental health animated series and associated lessons available for free to the 1.9 million educators using the platform.

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.

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.

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.

Zum Unveils More Safety Features for Its Student Transportation Platform

Since introducing a single, real-time interface connecting students and parents with school bus drivers, schools, and administrators, Zum has been expanding its footprint and its student-ride services as well as growing the number of districts using Zum’s platform in existing transportation systems.

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