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School officials, parents disagree on paying ransomware demands

Research published this week by the cybersecurity company Kaspersky found that a majority of parents of K-12 students would support their children’s school districts paying off ransomware actors in the event of an attack, despite the fact that government officials routinely tell victims not to pay and industry experts warn that payment is no guarantee of recovering corrupted or stolen data. According to the survey of 1,014 parents of school-aged youths, 72% said they’d support paying hackers’ demands if it meant keeping their kids’ personal data, academic histories and medical records from being leaked. And 67% of parents said they were either somewhat or very concerned that their children’s schools will be hit by a cyberattack. Benjamin Freed has more.

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EdX will retain brand after 2U acquisition

When the sale of the nonprofit EdX to 2U is complete, the EdX brand will not disappear, company leaders said during an event on Wednesday. Instead, by building on the brands and offerings of both organizations, founders Chip Paucek and Anant Agarwal said, the goal is to create a global supply chain for education, where international students can take their pick of online courses from high-profile U.S. universities. Emily Bamforth has it.

Senate approves bill for reviewing 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 has the details.

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