Cybersecurity Assessments, Training, and Best Practices for School Districts

The US Department of Education has launched a council to help K–12 schools strengthen their cybersecurity practices. The “government coordinating council,” which includes representatives from federal agencies, state education departments, education technology leaders, superintendents, and principals, will host cybersecurity-training activities, recommend policies, and communicate best practices to help schools respond to and recover from cybersecurity threats and attacks.

As part of the initiative, the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will provide tailored assessments and cybersecurity training and exercises for K–12 schools. The FBI will release updated resource guides so state governments and education officials know how to report cybersecurity incidents and can leverage the federal government’s cyber defense capabilities. Some education technology companies have also made commitments to provide free or low-cost cybersecurity-training resources to school districts.

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