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09/08/2022
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The health care industry suffers a growing number of cyberattacks that affect patient care. Educational technology leaders say schools don't have funding to confront digital threats. And the NSA begins push for post-quantum cryptography. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 8.

Health care cyberattacks on the rise

Nearly 90% of information technology professionals working in health care said their facilities suffered a cyberattack in the past year, according to a report out Thursday from the research organization Ponemon Institute. Many of them said the attacks, which averaged 43 at various types of health care organizations including hospitals and insurance providers, increasingly affected patient care. More than 600 IT and IT security practitioners responded to the survey sponsored by the cybersecurity firm Proofpoint. The report comes amid frequent warnings from federal cybersecurity officials about ransomware and other cyberattacks on health care organizations. AJ Vicens reports.


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Most schools lack cybersecurity funding

Only a handful of U.S. states and territories are seen to be providing sufficient funding to tackle the growing cyberthreats against K-12 schools, according to a new survey of state educational technology leaders. The inaugural State EdTech Trends Report includes responses from more than 80 educational technology directors, state superintendents and other senior state officials. Alongside equitable internet access and quality digital instruction, cybersecurity was highlighted as one of digital learning leaders’ top concerns in the survey, with 70% reporting that their state education agency, or at least one local education agency, was the victim of a cyberattack in the past year. Lindsay McKenzie writes in StateScoop.


NSA sets post-quantum cryptography deadline

The National Security Agency in new guidance Wednesday said it expects the owners and operators of national security systems to start using post-quantum algorithms by 2035. In an advisory note, the intelligence agency recommended that vendors start preparing for the new technology requirements but acknowledged that some quantum-resistant algorithms have yet to be approved for use. Prior to full adoption within the intelligence community and U.S. military, the new algorithmic standards will be approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Information Assurance Partnership. John Hewitt Jones covers it in FedScoop.


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