TOOLS / INCIDENTS / SOLUTIONS

This section highlights news coverage about some of the major K-12 institutional breeches; provides practical toolkits and check lists to review district policies and procedures; and offers technical solutions provided by vendors through case studies and white papers.


TOOLS


CoSN CyberSecurity for the Digital District
CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, has developed a series of documents to help K-12 school districts address cybersecurity. Each one can be downloaded for free.
 

Security Planning Rubric Using the categories of Basic, Developing, Adequate, and Advanced, this grid helps districts identify their readiness to address cyber issues from the perspectives of the district leadership team and security teams by examining a host of issues from legal compliance to crisis management.
 

District Self-Assessment Security Checklist This self-evaluation tool allows districts to score their cyber readiness along four key areas: Management, Technology, Business Continuity, and Stakeholder/End Users
 

Security Planning Template  Districts can refer to the Security Rubric to design their own cyber plan using this tool that identifies Current Status; Actions that are Required Immediately; Planned Timelines and Budget Considerations from 2-5 years into the future.

 

INCIDENTS


NBC video coverage of Montana incident where student data was stolen, the school’s video surveillance system was hacked and ransom was demanded. This highlights that even small, rural districts are at risk

Data breeches in multiple Georgia districts resulted in thousands of dollars of employee paychecks being misdirected as a result of phishing attacks. 

Although Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have occurred in numerous districts Defending School Data Security in District Administrator gives a behind-the-scenes look at what happened in one Illinois district and shares “lessons learned” to help others minimize the threat to their own systems.

Student Hackings Highlight Weak K-12 Cybersecurity
This Education Week story highlights the dilemma leaders face when network hackers are actually a district’s own students. Felony charges or student discipline? Are harsher penalties applied as a way to over-compensate that a district’s security practices might not have been the best?

 

SOLUTIONS


Education is Going Digital. Security Needs to Keep Up – iboss The Distributed Gateway Platform
This piece identifies top K-12 technology issues, the laws that impact them and strategies to protect against cyberattacks.

 

Advanced Cyber Security for 2018 | Prevent 5th Generation Cyber Attacks with Check Point Infinity
In less than two minutes, this animated video explains the rising complexity of cyber threats.

Common Types of Cyberattacks in Education and What We Can Learn from Them - Fortinet

This short blog post explains the most common threats and the kind of damage they can do to a district.
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