To help district leaders prioritize and measure their cyber security readiness, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released version 2.0 of its cyber security planning tools. The updated resources, which are part of CoSN’s Cyber Security for the Digital District Leadership Initiative, include the Self-Assessment Checklist, the Cyber Security Rubric and the Security Planning Template. The tools – which are to be used in succession of each other – help district leaders analyze and compare their networks’ current security status by measuring four critical infrastructure components: “Management,” “Technology,” “Business Continuity,” and “Stakeholder/End User.” As the assessment’s final step, the Security Planning Template enables district leaders to note current status of security measures, required immediate and near-future security actions, security budget capabilities and security plans for upcoming school years. After the three tools have been used, district leaders can begin developing and implementing clearer, more comprehensive cyber security plans and protocols.

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