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Hackers steal credentials from LSU amid global phishing campaign

A series of phishing campaigns that bear similarities to attacks carried out by an Iran-based company known to target U.S. agencies, universities and businesses hit Lousiana State University and others. While cybersecurity researchers did not officially attribute the attacks to any nation-state or entity, the infiltration attempts at the universities closely resemble those from the Mabna Institute — an Iranian company closely linked to the government. Of the 20 universities targeted, 37 percent saw phishing campaigns impersonating libraries, 63 percent saw campaigns dressed up as student portals and 11 percent were financial aid-themed. Betsy Foresman has more on the attack.

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Leaning on nonprofits enhance cyberdefense for K-12 schools

Public schools are increasingly targeted by cyberthreat actors. Not only do these challenges constantly evolve, but most educational institutions lack the resources, staff and expertise they need to manage cybersecurity risk. However, leaders can turn to nonprofit organizations to access tools and resources to help enhance cyber defense programs. Read more from the Center for Internet Security.

Purdue University launches virtual innovation program

Purdue's new multidisciplinary program will allow professors to collaborate with their peers across departments and develop innovative teaching methods and courses. The effort is funded through a $5 million grant and will be a virtual hub for faculty to come together to develop new courses and programs that incorporate multiple fields of study with the goal of preparing students for future jobs that may not exist yet. "For us, there's no better way to look toward the future than to cultivate an innovation mindset today," Jay Akridge, Purdue's provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, said. Betsy has the details.

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