Grants for cybersecurity | Cyberattacks – including ransomware – have evolved continuously over the years, moving from consumer targets to businesses to local governments and now schools. IBM launched the Education Security Preparedness Grant to help U.S. public K-12 schools better prepare for growing cyberattacks. A total of six grants, valued at $500,000 each ($3 million in total), will be awarded in 2021.
Grants will be issued as services performed by IBM Service Corps teams. (IBM Service Corps is a social impact program that develops IBM leaders, while contributing IBM talent and technology to local communities and non-profit organizations). These IBMers will provide services including developing incident response plans, offering basic cybersecurity training, and implementing strategic communication plans to use in response to a cyber incident.
If your school district is interested in applying for one of these grants, you can do so now until March 21, 2020 by clicking here.
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