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    About the program

    IBM announces $5 million in-kind for schools to boost cybersecurity, together with enhanced skilling on AI

    In response to the growing skills gap and threat of ransomware attacks at schools, IBM is announcing a global RFP to help K-12 public schools and educational institutions combat cyberattacks and grow their faculty and students’ skills in AI and cybersecurity. IBM will provide $5 million in-kind to help address cybersecurity resiliency in schools and institutions across the world while providing schools enhanced training on AI and cyber through IBM SkillsBuild. 350,000 students globally have already benefited from these security grants.

    Included in the grant

    IBM Education Security Preparedness Grants will be awarded to schools worldwide and distributed via volunteers through IBM Service Corps to help schools establish programs to address cybersecurity resiliency. Each selected school will receive:

    “Before the grant program, we could only theorize how we would respond to ransomware or other security threats, but the IBM team members saw it in action every day. We got to see our cybersecurity policies through a different lens and learned what we needed to fix and improve. We are making great strides in being more secure.”

    Dustin Shadbolt
    Director of Technology, Rossville Consolidated School District

    2022 and 2021 Grantees

    • Brevard Public Schools in Viera, FL
    • City of Dublin Educational Training Board in Ireland
    • Cupertino Union School District in Sunnyvale, CA
    • Denver Public Schools in Denver, CO
    • East China School District in East China, MI
    • Goffstown School District in Goffstown, NH
    • KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools in Atlanta, GA
    • Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in United Arab Emirates
    • Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, NY
    • Newhall School District in Valencia, CA
    • Poughkeepsie City School District in Poughkeepsie, NY
    • Prince William Country Public Schools in Manassas, VA
    • Rossville Cons. School District in Rossville, IN
    • Sheldon Independent School District in Houston, TX

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

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