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National University launches AI tool to engage students with online classes

A new artificial intelligence tool will help students better engage in online class discussions, National University announced. The university, made up of a string of campuses around California, will help faculty identify students who may need more support in their education. The technology, built by the AI software company Packback, is designed to offer students instant feedback on their writing skills. Betsy Foresman has the details.

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Senators press CISA to do more to stop K-12 ransomware

Members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee shared their concerns yesterday about the rising tide of ransomware attacks with K-12 school systems with the new acting head of CISA. “Ransomware is quickly becoming a national emergency,” Brandon Wales said during his testimony. He also said CISA has been expanding the resources it offers to the education sector, especially when it comes to securing virtual learning environments since the start of the pandemic. But, he said, improving cyber defenses for schools will require efforts at multiple levels, especially from states. Benjamin Freed has more on StateScoop.

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 has more.

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