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Cybersecurity

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and its Connecticut State Chapter, Connecticut Education Technology Leaders Association (CTETL), are pleased to collaborate with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents to support the work of current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams in leading all aspects of digital learning transformations.

October is designated as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In keeping with the focus on cybersecurity, CoSN is pleased to offer multiple pathways for school leaders to learn how to identify, manage and prevent cybersecurity attacks within school and school district settings.

The EmpowerED Superintendent edWebinar Series:
Cybersecurity: School Leadership Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Cyberattacks

The second episode of Season 4 of the EmpowerED Superintendent Webinar series aired this past Monday, October 11, 2021. The title of the October 11, 2021, webinar was Cybersecurity: School Leadership Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Cyberattacks. In this EmpowerED Superintendent edWebinar, Superintendents Matt Miller, Lakota Local Schools, OH, Dr. Michelle Reid, Northshore School District, WA and Dr. Hank Thiele, Community High School District 99, IL, shared their knowledge and experiences in leading cybersecurity awareness in their school systems. They reviewed the liability concerns that arise when schools experience network security incidents and the impact those events can have on a district’s professional reputation as well as the effects cyber-attacks have on teaching and learning and district operations. Strategies for preventing cyberattacks and recommendations for responding effectively when they do occur were also discussed.

Free access to webinar recording: If you missed this past Monday’s, October 11, EmpowerED Superintendent Webinar, co-hosted by CoSN, AASA and edWeb.net, and sponsored by ClassLink, you can still access the free webinar recording at https://home.edweb.net/supers/. You will also be able to access free recordings and podcasts of multiple previously broadcast webinars in the EmpowerED Superintendent series at https://home.edweb.net/supers/.

CoSN Resources:
1) Critical Focus Areas: Issue One-Pager on Cybersecurity

CoSN’s one-page document on The Importance of Cybersecurity defines the top five reasons why school system leaders must make cybersecurity a priority. It is available to view and download at: https://tinyurl.com/cybersecurity-CoSN.

2) CoSN Cybersecurity Risk Assessment - Powered by S2 - Preliminary Self-Evaluation of District’s Cybersecurity Risk
https://securitystudio.com/cosn/
CoSN shares this risk assessment as an opportunity for education organizations to conduct a preliminary self-evaluation of their cybersecurity risk. Developed as a collaboration between CoSN’s and Security Studio (S2), this assessment is free and vendor-neutral. It incorporates topics specific to the K12 environment such as educational technology and remote learning.

3) CoSN Cybersecurity Workshops
https://cosn.users.membersuite.com/events/browse  
101 – Creating Cybersecurity & Incident Response Plans, Oct 19 - Oct 21
201 – Advanced Cybersecurity for Remote Learning Environments, Nov 30 - Dec 2

4) Additional CoSN Resources on Cybersecurity
CoSN provides additional tools and resources that provide insight into how risk can be further reduced which can be found at https://cosn.org/cybersecurity.

CoSN Membership
If your school or district would like more information about joining CoSN or getting more involved with CoSN, please contact Brian Calvary, CAE, CoSN Director of Membership and Chapters, at bcalvary@cosn.org.