When a cyberattack stopped district IT operations in their tracks, the IT team at Brevard Public Schools jumped into action to keep the district's data and network secure--a hero awards winner.

Brevard Public Schools juggles cybersecurity and pandemic learning–here’s how IT leaders did it


When a cyberattack stopped district IT operations in their tracks, the IT team at Brevard Public Schools jumped into action to keep the district's data and network secure

Never before have educators been challenged and tested as they were, beginning in March 2020 and up until today, and never before has their resilience been more apparent. Administrators, technology leaders, classroom teachers, and educators in all roles have persevered as they taught each and every one of their students during a global pandemic.

The eSchool Media K-12 Hero Awards program, sponsored by Trox, recognizes the determined efforts of these educators and highlights their exemplary efforts and dedication to teaching and learning.

Discover more about Brevard Public Schools, one of the eSchool Media K-12 Hero Awards winners:

Nominee: Brevard Public Schools

Nominated by: PDQ.com

What makes this nominee a hero?

Everyone likes a good scare on Halloween, but for the Brevard Public Schools IT team, October of 2020 brought a scare they’d never before experienced. At 10 p.m. on Halloween night, Barrett Puschus, the Director of IT for Brevard Public Schools, received a call from an unknown number. Because he was outside listening to music with his family, he ignored the call, only to see a message appear in his inbox. When he listened to the message, the Microsoft DART team (Microsoft’s cybersecurity arm) let him know it had flagged the Brevard School system with metrics that indicated the district was experiencing the onset of a ransomware attack.

Laura Ascione

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