Cyber agency issues attack alert over ransomware threat to education sector



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The UK’s cybersecurity agency has issued an alert to schools, colleges and universities about an increase in hacking attempts around the start of the new academic year.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned the education sector to be aware of ransomware attacks and urged organisations to follow their guidance on securing their networks.

The centre says it saw an increase in attempted cyber attacks on education establishments in August, often using ransomware which involves the encrypt of data by cybercriminals who then demand payment in exchange for recovery of the data.

The NCSC has encouraged institutions to take immediate steps such as ensuring all data is backed up and copies are stored offline to prevent data loss in the event of an attack.

As part of the issued alert, the NCSC says it has stepped up support for UK schools, colleges and universities, including

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Texas Education Agency assigns monitor over Manor school district – News – Austin American-Statesman

After a yearlong investigation into the alleged wrongdoing of the Manor school board president, the Texas Education Agency is assigning a monitor to oversee the Manor district and its school board members, according to a correction action plan sent to Manor this month and obtained by the American-Statesman.

A monitor, conservator or board of managers typically are assigned to a district for continuous low academic performance. Monitors are appointed by the education commissioner “to participate in and report to the agency on the activities of the board of trustees or the superintendent,” according to the agency.

The Texas Education Agency in August 2019 began reviewing complaints lodged against the Manor district after three district officials — two human resources employees and a trustee — said board President Elmer Fisher conspired with two other employees and other board trustees to oust the former superintendent, violating the Open Meetings Act by discussing

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DeSoto gets taken over by state education agency; superintendent says he did not resign, plans to continue working

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a sign on the side of a building: DeSoto Independent School District headquarters sign in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.


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DeSoto Independent School District headquarters sign in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

DeSoto ISD will be taken over by a state-appointed conservator.

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And D’Andre Weaver, the district’s superintendent who announced plans to resign on Sunday during an emergency meeting, told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday that he did not sign a board-approved voluntary resignation agreement and plans to continue as DeSoto’s superintendent.

The Texas Education Agency sent a certified letter to the DeSoto board of trustees Wednesday, informing the district that A.J. Crabill, a former TEA deputy commissioner of education for governance, would serve in that role.

Investigators published a final report last month highlighting financial mismanagement that took place from 2012 to 2018, where the district amassed a $21.6 million budget shortfall through lax management and lavish spending. The report recommended

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Learning Undefeated Partners with Texas Education Agency to Bring Mobile STEM Laboratory Statewide

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Learning Undefeated, a non-profit committed to providing STEM education opportunities for underserved communities, today announced a new partnership with the Texas Education Agency that will create the first-ever Texas Mobile STEM Laboratory program.” data-reactid=”13″GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Learning Undefeated, a non-profit committed to providing STEM education opportunities for underserved communities, today announced a new partnership with the Texas Education Agency that will create the first-ever Texas Mobile STEM Laboratory program.

Texas educational regions for the 2020/21 school year, bringing cross-curricular engineering design challenges and a multisensory interactive career exploration experience for students.” data-reactid=”14″The program will serve K-8 students and teachers throughout all twenty Texas educational

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