The Knowledge Center offers definitions, relevant laws, and research that advance understanding of current cyber threats in K-12 education.


The Importance of CyberSecurity
This simple infographic highlights the top five reasons K-12 leaders should focus on cybersecurity. Created by CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, it addresses Liability, Legal Requirements, Professional Reputation, Teaching & Learning, and Student Digital Records. 

Cyber Safety for Schools Fact Sheet
Prepared by the US Department of Education’s Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center, this document focuses primarily on the threats students may face from cyber incidents like bullying, sexting, online predators, etc. and offers suggested approaches and protocols that school leaders should consider.

Data Security for Schools: A Legal and Policy Guide for School Boards
Produced by NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys, this publication defines the difference between data privacy and data security, identifies the risks that school districts may face, and suggests the kind of policies that should be in place.

Tracking: EDU  Education Agency Website Security and Privacy Practices
This 2018 six-part research project conducted by EdTech Strategies was designed to shed light on state department of education and select school district website security and privacy practices.

2018 NSBA Cyber Risk Report: School Board Communication at Risk
This report summarizes the key findings from the survey, provides observations on the significance of the findings and includes some suggested action steps for school boards to improve communication practices.

K–12 Districts Prepare Their Infrastructures for the Internet of Things
While new solutions and devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) are on the rise in K-12 districts, they can open the network to new vulnerabilities.  

Anatomy of an IoT Attack
If you watch interrogation room scenes in police dramas, then in less than four minutes, in simple English,  this video will help you understand how connected devices can threaten your network.  

Recommendations to Address K-12 Cybersecurity
The K-12 National Advisory Council on Cybersecurity created this document for NSBA offering recommendations and considerations to school leaders based on their broad industry experience. Their practical suggestions provide a good foundation from which to consider district policies that address cybersecurity.

K-12 Cybersecurity: What’s at Risk- The Role of the School Board
Doug Levin dives deeper into K-12 Cybersecurity: What’s at Risk, with four key questions board members should ask (and be able to answer)

NACC Recommendations to Address K-12 Cybersecurity
Representatives from the K-12 National Advisory Council on Cybersecurity will share highlights from the document they created for NSBA that offers recommendations and considerations to school leaders based on their broad industry experience. Their practical suggestions provide a good foundation from which to consider district policies that address cybersecurity.

Is it time for a Cyber Check-Up?
CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, has developed a set of free tools and checklists for K-12 districts to help them evaluate the potential cyber threats and review the measures they have in place to react both internally and externally should a serious incident occur.



Hacker Terms and Lingo You Need to Know for 2018
The 2018 Tech Trends Report prepared by the Future Today Institute includes the most frequently-used words and phrases used in the field of cybersecurity. These definitions provide “non-techies” with brief, straight-forward explanations of the terms frequently used in the coverage of cyber incidents. For your convenience, those highlighted in yellow are among the most common school leaders may encounter.

5 Types of Cyber Criminals and How to Protect Against Them
This brief video from Travelers simplifies the motivation behind the most common cyber attackers.


FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all educational agencies and institutions that receive funds under any U.S. Department of Education program.

The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy
This brief guide explains teachers’ role in protecting student data as required by various laws in a simple to follow format.



For those with a serious interest in following developments within the larger cybersecurity community, the free, online daily CyberScoop newsletter provides up-to-date coverage of emerging issues.

Check out Keep #K12CyberSecure a free, semimonthly email newsletter produced by Doug Levin at the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center. This independent publication highlights new updates to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map, additions to his site’s Resource Center, and other news and commentary from the cybersecurity field with relevance to U.S. K-12 schools and districts.

Do you have a deeper interest in all the issues impacting the larger cybersecurity community? If so, the free, online daily CyberScoop newsletter provides up-to-date coverage of those emerging issues.

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