IBM Education Security
Preparedness Grant

The 2022 application cycle is now closed.

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About the Program

IBM to grant $5 million in-kind for public schools globally to better prepare for growing ransomware threat

Applications are now open for U.S. K-12 public school districts to apply for one of six available grants. A four-part pilot project is also underway with grant recipients in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ireland, and United Arab Emirates.

The grants will sponsor IBM Service Corps teams to help districts proactively prepare for and respond to cyber threats with incident response plans, ransomware playbooks, updating technology, cybersecurity training for school communities, and more.

Past Recipients

IBM awarded six grants to help strengthen cybersecurity in U.S. public school districts.

– Brevard Public Schools in Viera, Florida
– Denver Public Schools in Denver, Colorado
– KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools in Atlanta, Georgia
– Newhall School District in Valencia, California
– Poughkeepsie City School District in Poughkeepsie, New York
– Sheldon Independent School District in Houston, Texas

Awards were allocated based on cybersecurity needs, experiences, community resources, and potential risks.

“Cybersecurity is now viewed as part of our School Safety Plan and Crisis Response Plan. Everyone plays a part – board members, families, scholars, staff, and vendors. This was one of the best decisions we made for our organization.”

Ra’Chel Ford
Chief Operating Officer at KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

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