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44% of education institutions targeted by ransomware in 2020

A recent survey of education IT professionals found that nearly half of all education institutions globally were targeted by ransomware in 2020, with 58% of those saying that cybercriminals succeeded in encrypting their data. The survey, published this month by the cybersecurity firm Sophos, queried 499 education IT professionals about their organizations’ exposure to ransomware, with 44% of respondents saying they had been hit last year. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Edtech project seeks to guide billions in edtech spending

By providing 10 detailed variables on purchasing and implementing educational technologies, the nonprofit Edtech Evidence Exchange is aiming to reduce fruitless spending on new technologies, according to a new report released last week. The University of Virginia-affiliated group, which has previously described ballooning K-12 edtech spending as the “Wild West,” seeks to provide a platform that details similar institutions’ experiences with various edtech tools. The variables listed in the “Edtech Genome Project,” as the new report’s called, are intended to be a guide for assessing the purchasing and implementation of technologies as education leaders continue to adopt hybrid learning and spend their pandemic relief funds. Emily Bamforth has it.

'Harmonized' IT systems can diffuse cyber risk

At Duke University, minimizing information security risks comes from “harmonized” systems instead of fragmented services across hundreds of providers, Mary McKee, the institution’s identity management and security services director, said during a Crowdstrike event last week. Cloud adoption and work-from-anywhere culture are expanding the amount of entry points information security leaders need to secure, she said. McKee said that as well as streamlining the number of providers an institution uses, tackling security from a resource-based approach instead of a person- or role-based approach can help minimize risk. Emily has the details.

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