Two years after security patches were published to address the issue hundreds of U.S. K-12 schools still haven’t fixed vulnerabilities in their servers at the root of WannaCry ransomware and its variants.
In this podcast, hear from Kacey Sensenich, Chief Technology Officer of Rockingham County Schools, about the district’s experience with a cyber incident: how it happened, how the malware was discovered and then removed, and what the district is doing now for added protection.
“The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2018 Year in Review” is a first-of-its-kind report focused solely on the misuse and abuse of technology in U.S. public schools.
When schools rely on technology for teaching, learning, and school operations, the impact of a cybersecurity incident can be significant.
To better understand the cybersecurity challenges facing schools, Education Week talked with school leaders in Arizona, Connecticut, Montana, and Texas about the cybersecurity incidents they faced, and how they responded. They found that the country’s K-12 information-technology leaders are likely underestimating the dangers they face and that many are failing to take even basic steps to secure their networks and data.
If there is an Achilles’ heel to a future of robust personalized learning for all K-12 students, it is the uneven attention to the cybersecurity risks facing school information technology assets and data. In this post, I offer emerging lessons about real and perceived information security issues facing schools from the data underlying the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.
Today, I am pleased to introduce and launch the “K-12 Cyber Incident Map.” It is a visualization of cybersecurity-related incidents reported about U.S. K-12 public schools and districts from 2016 to the present. Painstakingly assembled from public reports, it was created to begin to build a data-based awareness of the scope and variety of digital security and privacy threats facing K-12 public schools and districts, as well as to shed a light on the need for uniform standards for disclosing cyber incidents affecting schools, students, and educators.
There are a range of potential cybersecurity threats facing K-12 schools. Thanks to my invited participation in a National Governors Association cybersecurity summit, I’ve documented my current thinking on the cybersecurity in K-12 education, why it is an important issue, and what should be done about it. Ultimately, if we can’t generate the political will to address these issues head on, states and the federal government have no business pursuing school reform and improvement strategies dependent on technology.