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#school | #ransomware | Cybersecurity incidents at schools nearly triple in 2019

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Public K-12 education agencies across the nation reported 348 cybersecurity incidents during 2019—nearly three times as many incidents as were publicly disclosed during 2018.

A report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2019 Year in Review,  says many of these incidents caused significant problems. They resulted  in the theft of millions of  dollars, stolen identities, and the denial of access to school technology systems for weeks or longer.

Student and educator data breaches were the most commonly experienced type of incident in 2019. More than half of these were because of the actions of insiders to the school community, including edtech vendors and other third-party partners. The next most frequent type of cyber incident experienced by schools during 2019 was ransomware.

Data for the report comes from publicly disclosed incidents cataloged on the K-12 Cyber Incident Map. The map and underlying database capture detailed information about two inter-related issues:

  • publicly disclosed cybersecurity incidents affecting public K-12 schools, districts, charter schools, and other public education agencies (such as regional and state education agencies) in the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
  • the characteristics of public school districts (including charter schools) that have experienced one or more publicly disclosed cybersecurity incidents.

The 348 incidents in 2019 involved 336 education agencies across 44 states; 329 of those involved regular public school districts. Suburban districts were the more common target (44.31%), followed by rural (22.75%).

Schools from the Northeast were victimized most often (33.93%), followed by the Central region (27.08%), West (25%) and Southeast (13.99%).

Since 2016, the K-12 Cyber Incident Map has documented more than 775 publicly disclosed incidents affecting students and educators.

Although acknowledging that the odds of experiencing an incident appear to vary by school district characteristics, the report stresses that the resource center “has documented school districts of every size and type that have experienced data breaches, phishing attacks, and ransomware/malware outbreak.”

“School district leaders would do well to understand that no school district is safe from a potential incident,” the report recommends.

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Cisco #bolsters security services with #triple cloud #channel #play

Source: National Cyber Security News

New solutions span Cisco AMP for Endpoints, Cisco Umbrella and Meraki Systems Manager

Cisco has unveiled three new cloud-based endpoint solutions designed to improve protection levels of businesses across Australia and New Zealand, delivered through managed security service providers (MSSP).

Under the banner of Cisco AMP for Endpoints, Cisco Umbrella and Meraki Systems Manager, the offerings aim to target advanced malware and threats in organisations outsourcing security expertise.

From a channel perspective, the tech giant said the triple cloud play offers MSSPs “comprehensive security, visibility, and control” of customer endpoints without added hardware or complexity.

“At a time when customers are moving to the cloud and struggling with requirements to improve operational efficiency, we’re partnering with MSSPs to ensure they can deliver comprehensive solutions with security, visibility and endpoint control,” Cisco senior vice president of security, Gee Rittenhouse, said.

“Through flexible licensing models and an expanding portfolio, we address customer needs and the needs of our MSSPs to differentiate and grow their businesses.”

According to Rittenhouse, security departments acknowledged that endpoints are being targeted more frequently, but lack the internal expertise, tools and budget to address such challenges.

“Organisations of all sizes are choosing to augment their in-house IT security with managed security services,” Rittenhouse added.

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Pentagon to triple its security workforce by 2016

US is always worried about its security, no matter it’s about physical or cyber related.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Pentagon efforts to strengthen its U.S. Cyber Command in coming years. By 2016, the Fort Meade, Md.-based military command expects to triple its security staff to 6,000 people, he said
Hagel revealed the recruitment efforts late last month during a speech at the National Security Agency’s (NSA) headquarters, according to a March PBS report. In the speech, Hagel also shared that the Pentagon’s hiring plans included military and civilian candidates.
By this year’s end, Hagel expects the Pentagon’s cyber security workforce to stand at 1,800 individuals.
The move comes as the government attempts to thwart cyber espionage threats from China and elsewhere, as well as other cyber-attacks that threaten national security or economic competitiveness.
In one measure to specifically stave off critical infrastructure attacks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a cyber-security framework to help aid organizations and operators. NIST unveiled the voluntary framework in February, which was designed to complement organizations’ existing security management programs. The framework was intended to serve as a guidepost for a range of industries managing integral processes for the nation, from water treatment facilities and energy companies to the finance and healthcare sectors.
On Tuesday, Michael Daly, the CTO for Raytheon’s cyber business, told that the government would likely have to do a lot of training, while partnering with private companies and educational institutions, to fill the demand for such jobs.
“It has to do with having the skills,” Daly said. “I think that when the jobs are there, the people with the skills are seeking them out and going after them. What we are seeing is a huge backlog as far as being able to hire people into these jobs. The numbers of security jobs have grown, but these jobs are taking a lot longer to fill.”
By such action many people will get employed too. This would be beneficial for unemployed people and for country too.


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Craigslist triple murder opened victim’s family’s eyes to sex trafficking

brooke-slocum-and-charles-oppenneerjpg-189cead9b2e19384The mother of an 18-year-old pregnant woman killed one year ago by a man she met through a Craigslist adthinks that if their tragic story saves at least one family from a similar experience, the young woman will not have died in vain.

Deb Hotchkiss never experienced a heartache as profound as losing her daughter, Brooke Slocum, who was killed along with her boyfriend, 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer, and their unborn child, Audi. Their accused killer, Brady Oestrike, took his own life.

Through tragedy, a grieving Hotchkiss and her family were motivated to learn about human trafficking and how easily a person can be pulled into a dark world they were blinded to before Slocum’s death.

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Police connect officer-involved shooting in Maryland to triple homicide in Kentucky

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) – Authorities say a teenager killed in a shootout Saturday with police in Maryland prompted the search of his home over 500 miles away in Kentucky, where the bodies of his parents and younger sister were found.

Friends and relatives of 16-year-old Jason Hendrix were struggling to understand how the boy, a faithful churchgoer who was baptized just two months ago, could end up as the suspect in the execution-style slayings.

Corbin Police Chief David Campbell says Hendrix, a high school ROTC student and active church member, was angry at his parents for taking away his computer privileges.

Police believe the victims were gunned down late Wednesday afternoon in their home.

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