Security & Privacy

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.

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.