IBM offers $5 mn to address cybersecurity resiliency in schools

IBM said it will provide in-kind grants valued at $5 million to address cybersecurity resiliency in schools.
jio-for-studentsThe IBM Education Security Preparedness Grants program, which was started in 2021, will also include enhanced offerings from IBM SkillsBuild on topics including AI and cybersecurity.

Applications for schools are open globally. Grants valued at $500,000 each ($5 million in total) will be awarded to six school districts in the US with an additional four around the world. Volunteers, through IBM Service Corps, will use their professional skills to help schools establish programs to address cybersecurity resiliency.

“IBM awards Education Security Preparedness Grants to drive impact with schools worldwide. This year, we expand the program to bring the benefits of IBM SkillsBuild training on topics like AI and cybersecurity for students and teachers,” said Justina Nixon-Saintil, IBM Chief Impact Officer.

IBM has received hundreds of applications for this program from school districts. Names and other details of past recipients of the IBM Education Security Preparedness Grants are available here, IBM said.

“With IBM’s assistance, we improved our cybersecurity incident response plan and used it to better prepare us for handling cyber security incidents,” said Robert Losinski, Manager of Information Security at Denver Public Schools.

K-12 public schools and educational institutions/organizations that are interested in applying for IBM’s education cybersecurity grant can apply via IBM.com here: https://www.ibm.com/impact/initiatives/security. The application deadline is June 23, 2023.

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