4 ways to prioritize cybersecurity education in schools

Strengthening cybersecurity education means transforming schools’ mindsets as quickly as possible

What would happen if we didn’t have the millions of cybersecurity professionals needed to fight hackers and prevent cyberattacks? Unfortunately, that’s not a hypothetical question. Data suggests that, by 2021, … Read More

About the Author:

Thomas Russell, M.Ed., is the cyber education program manager for the National Cybersecurity Center. In 2020, he was named the Cyber Education Administrator of the Year by the EdCenter. Thomas also has years of teaching cybersecurity, technology literacy, and computer classes to high school students.

Why cybersecurity experts are concerned about remote learning

Teaching, learning, and working remotely raises many cybersecurity issues that K-12 leaders should be aware of as online learning continues.

Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned schools about an increase in ransomware attacks during the pandemic, with attackers exploiting Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections that allow school employees … Read More

About the Author:

The former editor of eSchool News, Dennis Pierce is now a freelance writer. He has spent the last 20 years as an education journalist covering issues such as national policy, school reform, and educational technology. Dennis has taught high school English, math, and SAT prep. He graduated cum laude from Yale University. He welcomes comments at dennisp@eschoolmedia.com.

5 cybersecurity life skills to teach year-round

As the digital world evolves, cybersecurity life skills are more essential than ever—here are some major lessons to impart upon students

If a student from your school had someone knock on their front door, ask for personal information and offer to give them a treat in exchange for that information, what … Read More

About the Author:

Ryan Cloutier, CISSP, is the principal security consultant at SecurityStudio, which works to fix information security industry problems through simplification. A passionate cybersecurity thought leader Ryan is an advisor on the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Cyber Security Advisory Panel and can be reached at rcloutier@securitystudio.com.

Get schooled in cybersecurity

District can’t afford to overlook cybersecurity threats - here’s how to prepare for threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and more

School is back in session. For many students this year, that means learning from their homes using devices like Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones, rather than returning to the classroom. But … Read More

About the Author:

Bob Stevens is VP Americas at Lookout.

To improve cybersecurity, start at the endpoints

Careful monitoring and attention to endpoints are just two elements of a strong cybersecurity strategy for K-12 districts

Getting better grades in cybersecurity must be a top priority for K-12 schools this year. Schools need to prioritize thwarting industrious hackers who are intent on getting to the treasure … Read More

About the Author:

Brandon Shopp is vice president of product strategy at SolarWinds.

How education IT teams can prepare school districts for ransomware

Cybersecurity is even more important with widespread remote learning--here's how education IT teams can ramp up awareness

Ransomware has evolved into one of the biggest cyber threats facing organizations in every sector, and education is no exception. According to Armor, more than 1,000 schools were impacted by … Read More

About the Author:

Sam Roguine is director at Arcserve.

Why cybersecurity training programs are critical

Proactive cybersecurity training and education should occur at all levels, from K-12 to higher education

As more and more schools are implementing cybersecurity training programs, the role of IT leaders in the K-12 environment is changing from a technology focus to a more strategic focus … Read More

About the Author:

Rob Rashotte is VP of global training and technical field enablement at Fortinet. He has 20 years of experience developing training and education strategies for startups as well as complex global organizations. He also has 15 years of experience working with some of the most innovative, fast-paced companies in the high-tech industry. Rob has an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Making distance learning secure

Discover key strategies to ensure that distance learning is successful while keeping networks and sensitive information safe

Distance learning has become the norm for schools worldwide as education leaders try to keep students and staff safe and educational goals on track in the midst of the pandemic. … Read More

About the Author:

Renee Tarun is deputy CISO at Fortinet. She is focused on enterprise security, compliance and governance, and product security. She is also a contributor to the book, “The Digital Big Bang.” Previously, she served for over 20 years with the U.S. government, with over 12 years as a cybersecurity leader for the National Security Agency (NSA).

Renee received her master’s degree in computer/information technology administration and management from the University of Maryland University College. She is also a board member for the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering. She is married with two children.

4 “musts” when vetting third-party vendors

Third-party vendors can be invaluable to school districts—but there are some important factors in these partnerships

Cybersecurity continues to be top of mind in new ways that we might not have considered during “normal” times. One area that needed our attention then and now is vendor … Read More

About the Author:

Ryan Cloutier, CISSP, is the principal security consultant at SecurityStudio, which works to fix information security industry problems through simplification. A passionate cybersecurity thought leader Ryan is an advisor on the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Cyber Security Advisory Panel and can be reached at rcloutier@securitystudio.com.

3 steps for returning to school with SEL

Learn how this Texas district is focusing on SEL skills for students and adults--all in an effort to strengthen connections during the return to school

Across the country, school and district leaders are asking lots of questions—from how we can foster connection as we return to school to how to intensify a spotlight on the … Read More

About the Authors:

Caroline Chase, M.Ed. serves as Assistant Director of Social and Emotional Learning for the Austin Independent School District. Caroline taught high school English and Communication Skills for eight years, middle and high school students in residential treatment for two years, and middle school self-contained social behavioral skills for six years. She also served for five years as a Special Education Behavior Specialist. She was a founding member of the SEL Department in July, 2011, and serves as the team lead.

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