23 Dec 2020

New York Issues First-In-Nation Moratorium On Facial Recognition In Schools

On  Tuesday, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed a law into place banning facial recognition and other biometric technology in schools, effective until June 2022. The law affects both public and private schools and is in place until a study can be conducted with input from teachers, parents,

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29 Oct 2020

Education Sector Facing Disproportionate Level of Spear-Phishing Attacks

A new study conducted by Barracuda Networks has found that educational institutions are disproportionately targeted by spear-phishing attacks when compared to their counterparts across other industries. The new Threat Spotlight analysis concludes that between June and September of 2020, over 1,000 educational facilities faced over 3.5 million spear-phishing attacks. Barracuda

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09 Sep 2020

City of Hartford postpones first day of school after ransomware attack

A ransomware attack has forced the city of Hartford, Connecticut, to postpone the first day of the new school year as scheduled. The cyberattack impacted the city’s IT network, including several of the school’s internal IT systems, resulting in a prolonged outage. Although security teams had already begun the restoration

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04 Sep 2020

China Cracks Down on Mongols Who Say Their Culture Is Being Snuffed Out

Chinese law enforcement is currently searching for protestors in the Inner Mongolia region after demonstrations sparked by a new Chinese policy aimed at establishing Mandarin-language education across Mongolia. The move was extremely controversial, particularly with the ethnic Mongols who feel as though the policy is a move to erase their

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06 Aug 2020

White House, NSF Launch Partnership to Boost K-12 Access to Quantum Education

Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Science Foundation announced that they intend to increase grade school access to quantum information science. Quantum computing and information science demands are on the rise, forcing the US to address education gaps that could hinder the national development

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08 Apr 2020

Experts question abrupt decision by New York City to ban Zoom from use in all public schools

Across the world, educators and students alike have been abruptly thrown into new online class situations as schools and universities close in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A large portion of educators have been using the video conferencing platform Zoom to hold online lessons and

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28 Jan 2020

OK Computer: To Prevent Students Cheating with AI Text-Generators, We Should Bring Them into the Classroom

Artificial intelligence programs are increasingly improving their writing skills, providing for better quality writing and convincing work on many topics, for virtually no cost. Experts believe that in a few years, AI machines could be turning out quality essays for students. Although the US could attempt to ban the machines,

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17 Dec 2019

China Has Increasing Sway in US Science, JASON Report Says

A new report from the Defense Department’s JASON research group claims that US scientific research is threatened by the presence of Chinese nationals obtaining post-graduate degrees in the US. When these students return to China, they are often pressed to cooperate with intelligence and security services, the report states. The

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01 Nov 2019

How schools can better protect themselves against cyberattacks

A new report by Barracuda Networks indicates that US K-12 schools have suffered a total of 301 cyberattacks so far this year, which is already more than double the total number of attacks reported throughout 2018 (124). Almost one-third (31%) of cyber incidents involved a data breach, while 23% involved

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03 Oct 2019

Ransomware Hits Hundreds of US Schools, Local Governments: Study

In the first nine months of this year, the growing ransomware epidemic has hit at least 621 government, healthcare and educational entities, a new report by Emsisoft shows. The study indicates that the reliance of victims on cyber security insurance is actually boosting the profitability of these campaigns and “incentivizes further

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