IBM announces recipients of school security grants.
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IBM announced the recipients of its 2022 IBM Education Security Preparedness Grants today, with eight recipients in total so far.

IBM announces recipients of school security grants.

IBM today announced the recipients of the 2022 IBM Education Security Preparedness Grants. The grants total about $5 million, and eight recipients have been selected so far to address cybersecurity resiliency for their school districts.

Grant recipients.

The program this year received more than 120 applications, with six selected school districts, and has expanded outside of the US, to Ireland and the UAE. Recipients in Costa Rica and Brazil will be announced later. The eight selected recipients are:

  • City of Dublin Educational Training Board – Ireland
  • Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence – UAE
  • Cupertino Union School District – Sunnyvale, CA
  • Rossville Cons. School District – Rossville, IN
  • East China School District – East China, MI
  • Newburgh Enlarged City School District – Newburgh, NY
  • Goffstown School District – Goffstown, NH
  • Prince William County Public Schools – Manassas, VA

Application findings.

Findings from applications include that one in four applicants has fallen victim to a cyberattack, showing that education is a sector often targeted by cybercriminals. Cybersecurity training was also found to not be commonplace in school districts, with the majority of school district applicants saying that they don’t have a cybersecurity plan and have no cybersecurity training. It was also found that only about 20% of school districts have staff handling cybersecurity.