D2L and Sinclair Community College Offering Free Cybersecurity Course to K12 Leaders

D2L and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH, have partnered to offer a free online course to K–12 school administrators to help them understand and address common cybersecurity threats and protection strategies.

This D2L Open Course, "Introduction to Cybersecurity For K–2 School System Leaders," is self-paced, interactive, actionable, and takes one to two hours to complete, the company said.

The course outline is divided into five modules:

  1. Cyber threats: the most common vulnerabilities in K–12 schools, means of attack, and possible impacts of a breach;
  2. Cyber crime mitigation: the most essential technology and practices to minimize risks;
  3. Access controls and design principles: access design and control models and the identity management life cycle;
  4. Call to action: tools and resources to develop an action plan for security readiness, breaches, community awareness, and training; and
  5. Wrap up and resources: final course tasks to earn a certificate, receive a course glossary, and obtain further resources.

For more information and to sign up, also visit Sinclair College's release.

D2L said it has also recently updated its D2L Security Practices as "an integral aspect of its product roadmap," and Vulnerability Disclosure Policy "to increase visibility and collaboration, including terms regarding authorization of testing, legal safe harbor, public disclosure, and remediation processes."

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