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District Rolls Out Wireless Digital Signage to 1,200 Screens

Warren County (Kentucky) Public Schools’ recent transition to the Airtame platform has enabled seamless wireless screen-sharing and digital signage capabilities for the district’s 1,200 TVs across 35 buildings, freeing teachers to move around classrooms and simplifying educator control of sharing features, according to a new use study released by Airtame.

Call for Participation: 2023 Digital Transformation Survey

THE Journal's inaugural Digital Transformation Survey will provide valuable benchmarking data on the state of digital transformation in education and the progress schools are making moving forward.

Ransomware Gang Claims Edison Learning Data Theft

The Royal Ransomware is claiming to have infiltrated public school management and virtual learning provider Edison Learning, posting on its dark web data leak site on Wednesday, April 26, that it had stolen 20GB of the company’s data “including personal information of employees and students” and threatening to post the data “early next week.”

CISA Offers Ransomware Vulnerability Warning Notifications to Help Avoid Cyber Incidents

The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is encouraging public sector and critical infrastructure organizations to enroll in its new Ransomware Vulnerability Warning Pilot program to receive notifications anytime a new relevant vulnerability being exploited by threat actors is identified.

Aeries Settles Data Breach Lawsuit for $1.75M; Illuminate Suit is Dismissed – For Now

Two ed tech providers that suffered data breaches that compromised private student information have seen civil lawsuits reach vastly different results — yet both should serve as a stark warning for ed tech companies collecting student data, a data privacy attorney told THE Journal.

OpenWiFi, Wi-Fi 7, 6 GHz, 5G Convergence to Drive Growth in Wireless Networking

Despite a number of challenges facing the tech sector in 2023, the next five years will see substantial growth in the proliferation of new wireless networking technologies, both in the enterprise and among consumers.

ParentSquare Adds Virtual Phone Feature for School Staff

School-home communications provider ParentSquare has unveiled a new Virtual Phone feature to its platform that documents and records voice communications between educators and families just as it does with other types of exchanges, according to a news release.

ClassLink's New DataGuard Tool 'Masks' PII in Roster Data Shared with Vendors

Identity and access management provider ClassLink has launched a new tool called DataGuard designed to reduce the amount of sensitive private data shared by schools with ed tech vendors, according to a news release.

VHS Learning Adds High School STEAM, IT, and Business Courses

Online instruction provider VHS Learning has added 11 new courses for the 2023–24 school year for high school students studying online either through their local school district or at home for supplemental learning, the nonprofit said in a news release.

Federal Legislation Would Create K-12 Cybersecurity Improvement Program, Incident Registry

A new bill filed in both houses of Congress Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), Rep. Zach Nunn (R-IA), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) would direct CISA to create a cybersecurity information exchange for K–12 schools, a voluntary incident registry, and a “Cybersecurity Technology Improvement Program” funded at $10 million per year for the next two years.

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