The Cybersecurity Controls Every District Should Implement Now

While educators and students are away, the summer can be the perfect time for districts to level-up their cybersecurity practices. Yet, knowing where to start can be intimidating. There is no shortage of advice and guidance available to enterprise organizations on how to implement a robust cybersecurity risk management program. Yet, most of this advice is not well-targeted to the real-world needs and constraints facing districts, especially those without dedicated cybersecurity staff.

The good news is that based on cyber incident data compiled by the K-12 Cyber Incident Map, recent government and law enforcement advisories, and schools-specific information sharing communities like K12 SIX, we now know quite a bit about the most common vulnerabilities and points of weakness in district IT systems.

This presentation will highlight a short list of common-sense, cost-effective steps that every district should take to protect their school communities from the most common risks facing districts nationwide. While implementing these controls this summer is not a guarantee that your district will avoid all cyber incidents, they can provide district leaders piece of mind that your school community will be demonstrably safer.

Presented by: Doug Levin, national director of the K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX), a new national non-profit dedicated solely to helping to protect K-12 schools from cybersecurity threats, such as ransomware and phishing attacks.

Moderated by: David Nagel, Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Director, THE Journal


Session 1: 9:00 - 9:45 AM PT
Ransomware and Its Effects on Public and Private Learning Institutions

Session Break 9:45 - 10:00 AM PT

Session 2: 10:00 - 10:45 AM PT
The Cybersecurity Controls Every District Should Implement Now

Session Break 10:45 - 11:00AM PT

Session 3: 11:00 - 11:45 AM PT
School Lockdown: Cybersecurity Practices that Make a Difference

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