Security & Privacy


Forever Changed: Education Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

The pandemic era has packed a wallop unlike any other period in living memory. The pain is still with us — and will continue to be for a long time. But the upcoming school year an opportunity for us to renew our hope and energy. How will that play out for K-12 education, especially in the area of technology? We turned to a number of education leaders to find out what they expect — or look forward to. Here's what they told us.

Forever Changed: Education Predictions for 2021

2020 packed a wallop unlike any other period in living memory. The pain is still with us — and will continue to be for a long time. But the start of this new year brings an opportunity for us to renew our hope and energy. How will that play out for K-12 education, especially in the area of technology? We turned to a number of education leaders to find out what they expect — or look forward to — in 2021. Here's what they told us.

Attacks Disguise Malware as Student Assignments

Researchers have identified a new security risk that takes advantage of remote learning to launch a ransomware attack from a teacher’s computer. The attack attempts to trick teachers into opening fake student assignments, which, when opened, can download, install and activate the malware.

K–12 Has Become the Most Targeted Segment for Ransomware

Malicious actors have disrupted remote learning by targeting school systems in their ransomware, malware and DDoS attacks.

Wisconsin District Adopts Gun Recognition Tech

A Wisconsin district that gives students the option to continue their education in person or online has adopted a new surveillance system intended to identify the presence of guns on its campuses.

Ransomware Hits Baltimore County Schools Thanksgiving Eve

Baltimore County Public School students returned to class, via remote instruction, while the district continued dealing with a ransomware attack that struck the day before Thanksgiving.

Department of Ed Seeks Teacher Nominations for Cybersecurity Awards

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking nominations for its annual Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award, one for elementary educators and another for secondary.

Integrated System Tackles Student Transportation Logistics

Two software companies, one in education logistics and the other in industrial internet-of-things, have co-developed a system to help school districts sort out student transportation.

Miami-Dade Debacle Leaves Teachers Scrambling

In a lengthy message, Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho attempted to calm his district community after a chaotic start-of-school week that included distance learning outages and an about-face on usage of a new learning platform.

K–12 Data Privacy During a Pandemic

K-12 privacy expert Amanda Vance shares the four questions that still matter: What data is being collected? Who has access to it? How will it be shared? And how will it be protected?

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