Remote learning made universities more vulnerable to cyberattacks
Ransomware attacks against colleges increased 100% from 2019 to 2020, while malicious activity linked to nation-states also jumped during the pandemic, according to security firm BlueVoyant.
Ransomware attack forces North Carolina college to cancel classes
Central Piedmont Community College, an institution with 50,000 students in Charlotte, North Carolina, has canceled classes after a cyberattack disabled key systems used for remote learning.
IBM plans grant program to help schools fend off ransomware
The company plans to give six school districts $500,000 worth of its cybersecurity expertise to improve their defenses against the ongoing threat.
Leaning on one nonprofit to enhance cyberdefense for K-12 schools
Public schools are increasingly targeted by cyberthreat actors and leaders are turning to nonprofit organizations to enhance security programs.
Blackbaud mum on which universities had Social Security data stolen
The company revised its story last week, but it's still not saying which universities were affected by the cyberattack discovered last May.
University of Utah pays ransomware attackers $457K
Administrators said they were able to restore all encrypted data from backups, but they decided to pay the ransom to prevent student and teacher information from being leaked onto the internet.
Focus on users during pandemic, says university CISO
Universities don't need to buy every new tool, said University of Oklahoma CISO Aaron Baillio, but they do need to educate and watch their users.
NetWalker ransomware continues streak of college attacks
The University of California, San Francisco and Columbia College in Chicago were hit by the same malware that recently targeted Michigan State University.
Michigan State hit by ransomware threatening leak of student and financial data
A blog associated with the NetWalker malware posted screenshots of file directories and a student's passport, saying the files will be published if a ransom is not paid.