Schools and school districts traditionally have been attractive targets for computer hackers, but now there's encouraging news from internet security researchers at Georgia Tech. "Neural networks," or computer programs that can remember events and learn the trends and tendencies of intruders, might be the key to halting the hackers.

"It's going to take a shift in the way people think about computers and how they operate before we are ever truly secure," said Blaine Burnham, a former National Security Administration security specialist who now heads Georgia Tech's Information Security Center. "But we've started that process."

Even though Georgia Tech's The Sentinel Project...

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