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Cyberattacks keep two community colleges closed following Thanksgiving

Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania and Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois temporarily closed their campuses following Thanksgiving week to recover from cyberattacks. Information technology officials at both schools announced Nov. 24 on social media that they were experiencing service issues. The respective attacks are part of an overall rise in cyber threats against higher education and other organizations. Federal agencies issued a warning ahead of Thanksgiving to “stay vigilant” during the holiday, citing several 2021 attacks that took place during or ahead of holidays. Emily Bamforth has the story.

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Education sees the highest ransomware recovery cost compared to other sectors

Security advisor John Shier shares findings from a new report that show wide gaps in security preparedness to defend against ransomware threats across the education sector. Because the ransomware attacks today use a blend of human tactics and automated technology elements, IT leaders need to factor those elements more strategically into their defenses. Read more from Shier.

18th Airborne Corps signs tech partnership with universities

One of the Army’s most elite units inked agreements with several universities to collaborate on education and research as a part of its strategy to become the first “AI-ready corps.” The 18th Airborne Corps will collaborate with Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Duke University, Syracuse University, Middle Tennessee State University and the University of North Carolina System. The agreements allow students to work on Army projects and for soldiers to teach courses on campuses. They are intended to attract more STEM students to working on military technology problems. Check out the full story on FedScoop.

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