Free tools help IT leaders check school network security

Free tools can help district leaders identify cyber security risks and procedures.

A free resource aims to help K-12 school district leaders make sure they are adequately prepared to address threats to critical district technology systems and infrastructure—and it’s just in time for October’s Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The updated resources from the Consortium for School Networking’s Cyber Security for the Digital District Leadership Initiative include the Self-Assessment Checklist, the Cyber Security Planning Protocol, and the Cyber Security Rubric and Security Planning Template. The rubric and planning template are available only to CoSN members.

“Technology is central to the learning process and to schools’ business operations. It is essential that districts manage the continuously evolving technology security risks faced by students, staff, and administrators to prevent accidental or deliberate intrusion,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “School districts must be diligent, informed, and consistent in ensuring their cyber security procedures and protocols are in place before crises strike. These tools are designed to help them do just that.”

The three tools, which are to be used in succession of each other, help district leaders analyze their school network security status by measuring four critical infrastructure components: “Management,” “Technology,” “Business Continuity,” and “Stakeholder/End User.”

The Self-Assessment Checklist is a multi-part, 100-point scale that evaluates school network security goals, plans, and overall implementation across these four components.

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