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K-12 cyber maturity improving, but still lags behind other sectors

Cybersecurity capabilities across K-12 schools improved slightly during the 2021-22 school year, with many districts focusing more acutely on identity management and cyber hygiene training, according to a report published this morning by the Center for Internet Security. But even with those gains, the education sector’s cyber maturity still lags behind most other parts of government and the economy, with schools continuing to face a glut of ransomware attacks and dearths of funding and personnel. Nearly one-fifth of K-12 districts nationwide commit less than 1% of their overall technology budgets to cybersecurity, and many districts are still not availing themselves of low-cost and free services that could fill the gaps, the report found. Benjamin Freed has more.

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The disinformation wasn't quite as loud this time

Rumors and mischaracterizations about voting on Tuesday swirled around social media throughout the day, especially related to malfunctioning ballot tabulators in Arizona’s Maricopa County, where officials were still counting votes, researchers from the nonprofit Election Integrity Partnership said last week. But disinformation watchers said the amount of conspiracy theories and lies about the voting process was far less than expected, and much lower than after the 2020 presidential election. Suzanne Smalley reports for CyberScoop.

Indiana tackles workforce woes with training program

On the Priorities Podcast, Jon Rogers, the Indiana Office of Technology’s director of strategic workforce planning, talks about State Earn and Learn, a workforce program that trains people with and without college degrees to take on careers in government IT. “The goal of the program is to reskill citizens, adult citizens, in this case, from prior jobs,” Rogers says. “I have folks on the program who are truck drivers, factory workers, lawn cooks, grocery store workers — really a very diverse number of walks of life, to reskill.” Listen to the podcast.

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