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Two-Thirds of Phishing Emails in Ed Use 'Attached Invoice' Ploy

The most common form of phishing email in education tends to include an attached invoice; 66 percent of hacker attempts use the attached invoice ploy to get unwary recipients to click on an infected link; another 28 percent use a payment notification scheme; and 6 percent try online order tricks.

NSF Funds Indiana University Cybersecurity Research

The National Science Foundation is expanding its partnership with Indiana University's Trusted CI to translate cybersecurity research into practice.



Massachusetts Working to Close Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Massachusetts is investing in entry-level cybersecurity job skills with the award of grants to three institutions through the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Workforce Challenge.

Survey: Demand for Cybersecurity Education Is High

In a recent survey from Champlain College Online, 41 percent of respondents said they would consider returning to college for a cybersecurity degree or certificate in order to prepare for a cybersecurity job. And 72 percent would be willing to do the same if their current employer would pay for their training.

Why Higher Ed Should Do More with Blockchain Tech

Oral Roberts University recently held a conference to persuade higher education institutions that it's time to get on board the blockchain train. Its recommendations: Learn about the technology's potential, test it out and collaborate.

Cybersecurity Education in CCs Gets ED Boost

To help community colleges make technology upgrades that will help them deliver cybersecurity education, the U.S. Department of Education has been allotted $1 million in an omnibus spending law, H.R. 1625, approved by Congress earlier this year. According to an explanatory document that accompanied the spending bill, the money is to be spent on a pilot grant program to help the schools make their programs "state of the art."

NYU Tandon Event Turns High School Women into Cybersecurity Ambassadors

Nearly 50 students attended classes at the downtown campus of the university, where they learned about programming, computer architecture, careers in computer science and cybersecurity and how to do professional networking. Now they're expected to return to their schools and serve as "computer science and cybersecurity ambassadors" and recruit a team of classmates to compete in Cyber Security Awareness Week, NYU's annual cybersecurity competition.

Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech

A new center at Columbia University will focus on research and innovation in blockchain technology. The institution partnered with IBM to create the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, which will "combine cross-disciplinary teams from the academic, scientific, business and government communities to explore key issues related to the policy, trust, sharing and consumption of digital data when using blockchain and other privacy-preserving technologies," according to a news announcement.

Protecting Privacy while Leveraging Opportunity

UCLA's chief privacy officer talks about the differences between privacy and information security in higher education along with the need to consider opportunities as well as risks.

Rave Guardian Expands Messaging App Support, Integrates with Rave Alert

Rave Mobile Safety has released a major update to one of its messaging platforms, Rave Guardian.

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