Security & Privacy


School Resource Officer Organization Says SROs Working to 'Seal Off' School-to-Prison Pipeline

The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is trying to convince a K-12 audience that its membership, made up of school resource officers (SROs), is working as a positive force in school communities.

The Changing Face of Cyber Insurance in K–12

If you're relying on an insurance policy to rescue you in the event of ransomware or a data breach, it's time to rethink your cybersecurity strategy.

WatchGuard Adds New Unified Threat Management Appliances

Data security firm WatchGuard Technologies has launched four new mid-range models in its Firebox line of unified threat management appliances.

K–12 Cybersecurity Act Signed into Law

On Friday, Oct. 8, President Biden signed the K–12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021 into law. The act comes in response to growing data security incidents impacting K–12 schools in recent years, including a dramatic rise in ransomware and other forms of malware.

Ransomware on Target for 150% Increase This Year

More bad news on the data security front. Ransomware and fileless malware are both seeing large surges this year.

Education Networks Largely Spared in DDoS Escalation

Dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks were up by double digits in the first half of 2021. But somehow schools, colleges and universities, despite being favorite targets for ransomware and various other forms of malware, have been by and large overlooked — even as DDoS becomes a companion tool in ransomware incidents.

Student Device Monitoring a Threat to LGBTQI+ Students, Student Expression —Report

Student device monitoring disproportionately affects kids who cannot afford their own devices and, according to a new report, poses threats to student privacy (such as LGBTQI+ students who might be "outed") and creates a significant chilling effect on student expression.

K–12 Cybersecurity Standards Released, Along with Free District Self-Assessment Tool

The nonprofit K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX) has released its highly anticipated cybersecurity standards of practice for K–12 schools and districts, a companion to the K12 SIX Essential Cybersecurity Protections released in August. The group also released a free self-assessment tool for information technology and information security leaders.

Education Sector Sees Massive Surge in Intrusions

A new threat report from data security firm CrowdStrike found that criminals engaging in intrusion into information systems are getting much more efficient at what they do. It also found that intrusions into academic systems are soaring.

Education Targeted by 'ChaChi' Remote Access Trojan

A previously unnamed remote access Trojan, or RAT, that had until recently been targeting local governments in France, has set its sights on the education sector in the United States. It’s being deployed by PYSA/Mespinoza ransomware operators, according to new research.

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