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U.S. Doubles Down on Protecting University Research from China

February 2021 – A U.S. national security commission is recommending that American universities take steps to prevent sensitive technology from being stolen by the Chinese military, a sign of growing concerns over the security of academic research. The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), led by former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, voted to release its final report, which includes a new section on exposure risk and potential infiltration of university research programs, to Congress.

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Webinar Series: Targeted Violence Prevention Program

January 2021 – Joe Testani is Director of the Justice and Security Institute (JSI) at Roberts Wesleyan College, and brings 32 years of investigative and managerial experience at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As part of a Webinar series, Testani and other notable guests will discuss approaches to school safety and related training opportunities, including targeted violence prevention training and how to establish your own internal threat assessment and management teams.

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CISA Launches Ransomware Education Program

January 2021 – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has launched a new educational campaign encouraging governments, schools and private companies to take steps to protect their systems and data from ransomware. Over the past year, educational institutions have been targeted relentlessly by criminal and state sponsored hackers, while K-12 schools in particular have been hit with an unprecedented wave of ransomware attacks.

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Senators Press CISA to do More to Stop K-12 Ransomware

December 2020 – Senators asked the new head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency this week what more the agency can do to help public school systems across the country defend themselves from digital threats like ransomware, which has disrupted virtual learning environments, seized up educational IT resources and — in some places — even delayed or canceled classes.

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Echoing Nationwide Trend, Virginia Doubles School Security Grants

December 2020 – Virginia is the latest state nationwide to increase grants and security spending at its schools. The grants will include monies for video monitoring systems, voice and video internal communications systems, school bus interior cameras, mass notification systems, visitor-identification systems, access control systems, and more. The move also increases the maximum award per school division from $100,000 to $250,000.

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Setting the Biden-era Cybersecurity Agenda

December 2020 – The Biden administration will face a wide array of cybersecurity challenges but can take meaningful action in at least five key areas, concludes a new report by the Aspen Cybersecurity Group, a leading nonpartisan think tank. One of these key areas includes a nationwide K-12 cybersecurity curriculum, a measure that could help close a major "supply gap" in cybersecurity positions, the report concludes.

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Old Dominion University Launches School of Cybersecurity

October 2020 – ODU has formally launched the School of Cybersecurity, expanding offerings for a program that had grown from 11 students in 2015 to 800 today. The school is one of only 21 in the country with a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations designation from the National Security Agency. An explosive growth in threats and a nationwide shortage of cybersecurity workers indicates that U.S. cybersecurity jobs will continue to increase exponentially.

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Five Questions for Florida International University’s Director of Cybersecurity

September 2020 | Brian Fonseca is Director of Cybersecurity at Florida International University, and a cybersecurity policy fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, New America. In this new article, Fonseca looks at evolving security threats, ramifications relative to the pandemic, and how FIU is building out programs in security and cyber-education.

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