K-12 institutions are under attack, and cybersecurity is very much on the radar of district CIOs and superintendents. With the increased use of technology in schools over the last five years, cybersecurity attacks at the K-12 levels have increased significantly.
Beyond just the ability to pivot and be prepared for any type of learning, the pandemic has brought new concerns with “Zoom bombing” and increased outside access to school networks. As part of a series on technology best practices for school district leaders, presenters in an edWebinar sponsored by ClassLink and co-hosted by CoSN and AASA discussed five key reasons why everyone needs to be on top of their cybersecurity plan and continuously evaluate its effectiveness.
In this edWebinar, three leading superintendents, joined by CoSN’s Cybersecurity Initiative Project Director, share their perspectives and experiences in dealing with the complexities of managing and assuring cyber security in today’s K-12 learning environments.
There is a massive demand for qualified cybersecurity talent with the current number of open positions ranging from 300,000 in the United States to 4 million globally. In a recent edWebinar, Casey O’Brien, Executive Director, National CyberWatch Center, and Jim Kowatch, CEO, Infosec Learning, underscored that to fill the demand for cybersecurity experts, secondary and higher education should focus their attention on developing cybersecurity courses that are rooted in IT operations and applications.
Do you know where your data is stored? With the increased emphasis on student data privacy, many school leaders might think they have a handle on cyber security. But even that seemingly simple question may have complex answers. Presenters in the recent edWebinar, “Cyber Security: Concerns, Strategies and Solutions for Schools,” warned that with the increasing variety and strength of cyber attacks, most schools will face incursions. They offered key strategies for going on the offensive against hackers.
Of course cyber security is necessary in education. Schools have valuable information to protect for both students and employees. However, as financial and physical security issues arise, cyber security can fall down the list. As Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN Empowered Superintendents Program reminded attendees at a recent edWebinar, cyber attacks are increasing in K-12… read more →
In this edWebinar, Steve Bradshaw, Juan Cabrera, and Dr. Gary Lilly share their perspectives dealing with cybersecurity in a K-12 learning environment.