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A K-12 vendor breach spreads

A school district in Coventry, Connecticut, notified families of its students this week that students’ data may have been swept up in a breach of one of its vendors. The breach of the vendor, Illuminate Education — which sells software for tracking students' grades, attendance and behavioral development — had already been found to have affected some 820,000 current and former students in New York City. “It’s hard to imagine it was New York City and this Connecticut district and no other districts,” said Doug Levin of the K-12 Security Information Exchange Benjamin Freed reports.

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Data and digital literacy

The National Governors Association this week published a guide designed to help states gather data to better understand levels of digital literacy in their workforces and position themselves to reap some of the nearly $1.5 billion in new federal grants. The guide outlines steps states can follow to meet “a critical need for action to ensure all workers gain the skills needed to meaningfully participate in work and life. Colin Wood has more.


Sustaining improved public service delivery

How can agencies move beyond many of the emergency IT measures they took during the pandemic and focus now on developing sustainable platforms for delivering streamlined and secure public services? The New York Department of Labor’s Steven Spalten and LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ Andy McClenahan highlight how to use automation and identity management standards to streamline services, improve security and reduce fraud. Hear more from the executives.

What went wrong at Lincoln College

Lincoln College, a 157-year-old predominately Black college in rural Illinois, is set to close next month after years of declining enrollment. A ransomware attack last December only made things worse, seizing up vital admissions data. But as Emily Bamforth reports, that incident only compounded problems that had stacked up in recent years. Read more on EdScoop.


Achieving web application security

Web applications are at the foundation of how enterprises operate, but as the number of applications used by public and private sectors increases, so do vulnerabilities. Adopting modern application security tools can help organizations integrate more accurate and automated security checks early in the development and workflow processes, says a new Invicti Security white paper. Download the white paper.

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