According to a 2018 Security Scorecard study, the education sector is ranked last among 17 industries in cybersecurity preparedness. This lack of resources and readiness should sound an alarm in today’s school districts. Considering the vast amount of student data being collected, network security should be top of mind to all school faculty and IT decision makers. The K-12 Blueprint Security toolkit - developed with generous support from CDW-G* - includes resources and materials to help school technology leaders make the best decisions to ensure the safety of all school information.

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CDW-G's Security Services for K-12 Education

Developing a comprehensive security strategy takes more than just IT. Depend on CDW-G for support

Test Faculty Awareness of Email Scams

All it takes is one employee reeled in by a phishing scam to put your network at risk. These sample Phishing Tests will measure how savvy your staff is.

Data Security Advice for K-12 Leaders

School faculty need the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen security policies and procedures

Cybersecurity for K-12 Schools and Districts

Implementing data security procedures for a school or district should be a dynamic and ever-evolving process 

Establishing a Zero Trust Ecosystem

There are several elements necessary to create a “perfect storm” of security: a Zero Trust Ecosystem

Saving Lives with Technology

Mark Finstrom—CTO for Highline School District—discusses how process and technology come together to save the lives of at-risk students

Evaluating your District's Cybersecurity Readiness

Understand the techniques that cyberhackers employ, and how they can exploit your district's vulnerabilities

Creating Safe Learning Environments

School learning environments must meet academic needs while simultaneously minimizing cyber risks

District Security Self-Assessment Checklist

A checklist from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) to help gauge a district’s security readiness

Cybersecurity and the Cloud

After the pandemic, K-12 schools may never be the same. And cybercriminals are making the most of it.

Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Job

This National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Working Group guidebook outlines role-based protections

Data Security: The First Step to Protect Student Privacy

A report exploring the difficulty in providing an “anything goes” technology environment while protecting privacy 

Security Planning Rubric

A rubric from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) that districts can use to determine security preparedness

Questions to Ask Online Service Providers

A list from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) of key security questions to discuss with your provider

Making the Case for Security

A sample security presentation that can be easily modified and adapted for your own use when sharing information or securing buy-in

Security Threats to Prepare For

While districts are falling behind on security due to constraints, cybercriminals are becoming shrewder

CISA Releases the K-12 School Security Guide (3rd Edition)

This comprehensive guide provides a doctrine and systems-based methodology to support schools in conducting vulnerability assessments and planning to implement layered physical security elements across K–12 districts and campuses.

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New Bill Tackles K-12 Cybersecurity Challenges

President Joe Biden has signed into law legislation aimed at helping the federal government better identify K-12 cybersecurity risks and suggest appropriate solutions for school districts to adopt.

Beef Up Your Backup for Seamless Continuity

Continuity helps the entire school or district persist in a crisis. Backing up data is the first step in continuity and ensures that IT and communications work.

Create a Disaster Recovery Plan

By taking into account your infrastructure, potential threats and vulnerabilities, and most critical assets, establishing a disaster recovery plan can help schools and districts bounce back after data disasters.

A Recipe for Disaster Recovery

Considering all of the potential threats to K–12 data, disaster recovery is crucial for schools and districts to retrieve and reclaim vital information, and to maintain operations; avoiding catastrophic shut downs.

The Lessons in Cybersecurity: How Education Coped in the Shift to Distance Learning Report
Lessons in Cybersecurity: How Education Coped in the Shift to Distance Learning

Malwarebytes—an anti-malware software company—has released a new report revealing that schools need to do a lot of catch up to stave off potential cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity for K-12 Schools and Districts

Implementing data security procedures for a school or district should be a dynamic and ever-evolving process. Moreover, incorporating powerful hardware solutions, strategic infrastructure countermeasures and—above all—comprehensive faculty training are just some of the cybersecurity actions school leaders must take to deal with this insidious and highly-sophisticated assault against sensitive school data.

Taking the Temperature of Biometrics in Schools: Next Gen Precaution or Fever Dream?

The current COVID-19 pandemic puts us at a techno-ethical crossroads. And many in the ed-tech community feel that biometrics in schools will one day be a given. 

New State of EdTech Leadership 2020 Survey Report
New State of EdTech Leadership 2020 Survey Report

The annual CoSN EdTech Leadership Survey has just been released: providing critical information on the state of K-12 technology, infrastructure, and leadership.

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Making the Internet Safe for Kids

The video Making the Internet Safe for Kids provides parents with a thorough understanding of the most common internet dangers facing children.