Security & Privacy


Ransomware Hit 56% of K-12 Organizations Worldwide in 2021, Sophos Survey Finds

Cybersecurity firm Sophos today released its annual State of Ransomware report showing ransomware attacks nearly doubled in 2021 from the year before, and 56% of K–12 IT professionals responding, representing 320 districts, said they were a victim of ransomware last year.

Number of Districts Impacted by Illuminate Student Data Breach Grows as a Third Alerts Parents

The number of school districts whose student data was breached during a January cyberattack on Illuminate Education’s systems continues growing as a third district last week alerted parents their students’ personal information was compromised within Illuminate's Educlimber software.

Navigating Schools' Liability Shifts Following the Oxford High School Shooting

A Michigan school district is being held legally accountable for the tragic shooting that took place at its Oxford High School last year, marking an undeniable shift in liability when it comes to school shootings — signaling a shift that school districts can be held responsible for acts of violence on campuses, regardless of whether they had the right technology and protocols in place to help staff identify warning signs and take appropriate preventative action.

Another School District Says Student Data Breached Within an Illuminate Education Product

Another school district has announced that student data stored on Illuminate Education software has been breached and said Illuminate is is mailing a letter to parents offering “complimentary” identity monitoring service for a year.

Safety and Wellness Platform Securly Acquires SEL Provider and Check–In App Rhithm

Securly, provider of student safety solutions and online activity monitoring, today announced it has acquired Rhithm, the mental health check-in app that promotes student well-being with social-emotional learning activities and content.

Clever Unveils Expanded Identity Management Tool with New Active Directory Integration

In response to growing cybersecurity concerns combined with staffing shortages among U.S. K–12 schools, digital learning platform and single sign-on provider Clever today unveiled an expanded identity management solution that adds support for Microsoft Active Directory, the company said in a news release.

Free Webinar Set for April 14 on How PikMyKid Technology Can Help Schools and Parents

School administrators interested in learning how technology can make school dismissals safer, more efficient, and easier for school staff, students, and parents are invited to a free webinar on April 14, hosted by school-dismissal platform PikMyKid.

Mississippi Ed Tech Provider Central Access Partners with PikMyKid for School Dismissal Management

Central Access Corp., a K–12 software provider used by most Mississippi public schools, has partnered with school safety and dismissal platform PikMyKid and will integrate their solutions for districts statewide, according to a news release.

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.

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