Cybersecurity: Understanding the Threats and Risks
From the Director
Welcome to the January issue of the NSBA Center for Safe School’s Quarterly Newsletter, a benefit of your subscription. Each issue will feature one of our focus areas: infrastructure, crisis and emergency management, whole child health, or cybersecurity. This issue’s focus is cybersecurity, and we are examining the subject of understanding current cybersecurity risks and threats.
As we continue to become ever more reliant on technology, the risks associated with this dependence are growing at an even greater rate. The current reality is that every business and organization faces risks from cyberattacks, and our K-12 schools are no exception. The rapid pace of technological change brings new challenges in identifying threats, protecting personal information, and promoting the positive and responsible use of technology by staff and students. Unfortunately, schools tend to be attractive targets for cyberattacks as their databases often contain highly sensitive information. Regrettably, however, some districts are not aware of, nor prepared to handle, potential risks and threats.
Our goal is to help by providing critical information that districts can use to become informed and prepared to combat cybersecurity risks.
NSBA has begun addressing these concerns with publications such as:
We hope the articles and resources in this issue help deepen your understanding of cybersecurity and, most importantly, provide tools for preparation to protect and respond should you ever experience a cyberattack.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and comments using the online discussion group. Remember, this is your forum to engage other subscribers from around the country. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and don’t forget to visit NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools for new and unique resources and discussions.
Future issues of this newsletter will be published in April, July, and October.
Thank you for your continued interest and commitment to help foster safe schools for all our students and district employees.
Director, NSBA Center for Safe Schools