How to Protect District Data from Phishing, Malware, Ransomware, and More
As if school districts didn’t have enough to deal with this year, the forced switch to remote learning due to the pandemic has made networks less secure and more vulnerable to bad actors. Even before the crisis, The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center’s Year in Review for 2019 reported 348 publicly disclosed “incidents” at schools, three times as many as in 2018. This past summer, the FBI warned districts that a major increase in attacks as schools begin to open.
Join eSchool News in a discussion about the many different ways school networks can be attacked and share best practices on how to prevent them. Listen to expert analysis, learn from fellow educators about their lessons learned, and participate in sharing ideas about solutions for going forward.
Doug Levin has been engaged in education and technology research and policy issues for over two decades, including in former roles with the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the American Institutes for Research, and the National Association of State Boards of Education. His current work at EdTech Strategies is focused on issues of K-12 cybersecurity: tracking K-12 cyber incident trends, raising awareness of school district needs, and launching K12 SIX, a new non-profit threat intelligence sharing community for the K-12 community in collaboration with the Global Resilience Federation.
Joe Kuzo has worked in Quakertown Community School District since 2001 and is the Director of Technology for the district. Our district serves about 5500 students and supports roughly 7000 district owned devices. This does not include our BYOD initiative devices. Quakertown Comm. School District has been noted by such publications and websites as Forbes, District Administration, Tech & Learning, Digital Learning Day, EdTech Review, and THE Journal for their excellent cyber and blended learning models.
Andy is a technologist, InfoSec evangelist, and recovering English teacher. After making the jump from teaching to IT years ago, he is now the IT Department leader at Maryville City Schools, a 1:1 school district with approximately 6,500 users, 7,500 endpoints, and 5,500 support tickets per year. Andy oversees budget and purchasing, policy development and implementation, training, professional development, project management, incident response, content filter management, new product implementation, and more. He is also passionate about his role in Computer Science curriculum development for the students of Maryville City Schools.