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Senate approves DHS review of K-12 cybersecurity

The U.S. Senate this week passed legislation that would direct the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to take a closer look at the threats like ransomware that have tormented K-12 schools, students and employees. The K-12 Cybersecurity Act, sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, orders CISA to undertake a 120-day review of the cyberthreats facing the education sector and evaluate how schools can better protect the personal data of students and staff, including grades and academic records, medical files and family information. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Loyola U. Maryland wins Wi-Fi grant

Loyola University Maryland plans to install 24 outdoor Wi-Fi access points to cover almost 450,000 square feet across its Evergreen campus in Baltimore after receiving a grant from the philanthropic Knott Foundation. University Chief Information Officer Randy Saba told EdScoop the nearly $55,000 grant will allow the institution to provide more outdoor learning spaces and enable students to take advantage of its campus. The initial application period was in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, he said, but bolstering the outdoor Wi-Fi as the health crisis drags on will provide a safer option for students to social distance. Emily Bamforth has it.

For student success, institutions need better data

As universities look to improve the student experience and queue up their students for success, technology leaders need to focus more on data, two education experts tell EdScoop on the PrioritiesEDU podcast. Jeffrey Lancaster, a senior higher education strategist for Dell Technologies, says that the link between student success at universities and data is strong. Listen to the podcast on EdScoop.

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