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Addressing the threat of ransomware — and the cybersecurity vulnerabilities that leave us open to it — is “no simple task,” according to a VCU cybersecurity expert. (Getty Images)
News / May 12, 2021

The Colonial Pipeline Attack is a Clear Demonstration of the Threat of Ransomware

Christopher Whyte, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program at the Wilder School and co-author of “Understanding Cyber Warfare: Politics, Policy and Strategy,” is an expert in cyber conflict and U.S. cybersecurity policy. Whyte explained why it’s so difficult to protect against ransomware, why the attacks are increasingly common, and what policies might be useful in preventing future attacks.

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In the race to become the next governor of Virginia, 40% of likely voters would vote for Terry McAuliffe while 37% would vote for Glenn Youngkin, according to a new statewide poll conducted by the Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University.
News / August 20, 2021

McAuliffe and Youngkin in a virtual tie in race for governor

In the race to become the next governor of Virginia, 40% of likely voters would vote for Terry McAuliffe while 37% would vote for Glenn Youngkin, according to a new statewide poll conducted by the Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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News / August 17, 2021

Albanese: National Academy of Science policing report advises evidence-based approach

Jay Albanese, professor of criminal justice in the Wilder School, recently served as one of six external reviewers from six countries for the National Academy of Sciences report, Policing to Promote the Rule of Law and Protect the Population: An Evidence-based Approach.

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A new VCU Wilder School poll shows that nearly half of Virginians reported experiencing  a mental health downturn due to COVID-19; but nearly half also reported their personal relationships with family and friends have improved.
News / August 12, 2021

Virginians Face Mental Health Struggles But Also See Improvements in Personal Relationships Amid Pandemic

A new VCU Wilder School poll shows that nearly half of Virginians reported experiencing a mental health downturn due to COVID-19; but nearly half also reported their personal relationships with family and friends have improved.

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A new VCU Wilder School poll shows that, despite a rise in coronavirus cases, unvaccinated individuals are becoming less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
News / August 9, 2021

Vaccine Hesitancy on the Rise Among Unvaccinated Virginians

A new VCU Wilder School poll shows that, despite a rise in coronavirus cases, unvaccinated individuals are becoming less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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News / July 22, 2021

Windfalls of Recovery Cash Are Heading to State and Local Governments. How Should They Spend It?

Local and state governments are receiving a windfall of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan and previous COVID-19 relief packages. How should government entities go about deciding how to spend this money, with the goal of helping the most people and improving quality of life?

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William “Bill” Leighty (M.B.A.’79/B), senior strategic adviser at the Wilder School, will be the featured speaker for the July Virtual Lunch and Learn.
News / July 15, 2021

The Impact of American Recovery Act Funding on State and Local Government

William “Bill” Leighty (M.B.A.’79/B), senior strategic adviser at the Wilder School, will be the featured speaker for the July Virtual Lunch and Learn.

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Wilder School faculty member Saltanat ‘Salta’ Liebert has received a contract for $114,832 from the Office of New Americans at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) to conduct a needs assessment to identify barriers to the integration of immigrants in Virginia.
Faculty News / July 14, 2021

Liebert Receives VDSS Contract for Immigration Study

Wilder School faculty member Saltanat ‘Salta’ Liebert has received a contract for $114,832 from the Office of New Americans at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) to conduct a needs assessment to identify barriers to the integration of immigrants in Virginia.

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A pensive Black woman with a face mask awaiting a job interview.
News / July 7, 2021

Racial and ethnic minorities experience disproportionate economic impacts of COVID-19

New VCU Wilder School poll shows that job loss, furlough, and/or reduced hours and pay have been more common among African-American and Hispanic communities.

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New VCU Wilder School poll shows that African Americans are more likely to vaccinate their children and report favorable views of how elected officials have handled the pandemic in comparison to whites.
News / July 1, 2021

Unvaccinated racial and ethnic minorities in Virginia report they are more likely to get vaccinated than unvaccinated whites

New VCU Wilder School poll shows that African Americans are more likely to vaccinate their children and report favorable views of how elected officials have handled the pandemic in comparison to whites.

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