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Requiring Vaccines, Cyber Attackers Target Schools

By Net Assets posted 12-15-2020 01:02 PM


(from the New York Times) Roughly 40-50% of Americans say they will not get a coronavirus vaccine when it first becomes available to them. Businesses can play a role in public health by requiring vaccination of employees and, in many cases, customers. There’s a persuasive argument that a vaccination mandate could be considered a workplace benefit: If employees knew that everyone around them is vaccinated, they would feel more comfortable working there. And it could create a compelling competitive advantage; a face-to-face service could be more attractive to customers if the company said that all of its employees were vaccinated. The law establishes that both the public and private sector can require vaccinations. The New York State Bar Association, in fact, recently recommended that the state consider making vaccinations mandatory. At this point, many corporate leaders plan to recommend employees get vaccinated, but not require it, due to fears of legal liability should an employee have an adverse reaction. 

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(from American School and University) Federal officials have issued a warning that cyberattackers are targeting K-12 schools to steal data, disrupt distance learning, and deploy ransomware attacks. Malicious cyber actors target school computer systems, slowing access, and — in some instances — rendering the systems inaccessible for basic functions, including distance learning, reads the advisory. Adopting tactics previously leveraged against business and industry, ransomware actors have also stolen — and threatened to leak — confidential student data to the public unless institutions pay a ransom. In some instances cyberattackers have been observed using student names to trick the school’s hosts into accepting them into classes conducted via videoconference. They may attempt to persuade students, parents, faculty and others involved in remote learning to unwittingly download malware or reveal private information.

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