Newburgh one of eight school districts worldwide to win IBM cybersecurity preparedness grants

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ARMONK – The Newburgh Enlarged City School District is now on the global stage as it is one of eight districts worldwide to receive an IBM Education Security Preparedness Grant.

A team of IBM Service Corps volunteers will be assigned to address the cybersecurity resiliency of the district.

Ray Sims, IBM’s Security X-Force Global Lead for Training and Education, said now more than ever, keeping up on ways to prevent cyberattacks is critical.

“Schools have become more dependent upon technology and ransomware attacks against schools are increasing. Government agencies including the FBI, are anticipating an increase in cyberattacks against schools this school year and schools are preparing for what could potentially be significant costs associated with that,” he said.

This is the second year of the program, which is designed to assist districts in making sure they are ready if they face cyberattacks.

Over 120 school districts applied for in-kind service grants. 

In addition to Newburgh, the other districts include the City of Dublin Educational Training Board in Ireland; Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in United Arab Emirates; Cupertino Union School District in Sunnyvale, California; Rossville Consolidated School District in Rossville, Indiana; East China School District in East China, Minnesota; Goffstown School District in Goffstown, New Hampshire; and Prince William County Public Schools in Manassas, Virginia.