School districts have undergone a digital transformation and in so doing introduced themselves to the risk of ransomware, student data breaches, and online fraud and theft. While hundreds – if not thousands – of school districts are victimized by cyber criminals each year, it is only recently that we’ve been able to paint a picture of the emerging threat landscape facing schools.
Given limited resources and the realities of district operations, what can K12 leaders do to protect their school communities? What roles can superintendents and school boards play? How can K12 IT leaders prioritize their limited time and resources? As the K12 sector grapples with these and related issues, the key to protecting school communities will be collective defense.
Doug Levin is co-founder and national director of the K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX), a non-profit membership community dedicated to helping the K12 sector defend itself against emerging cybersecurity threats. He has been engaged in education and technology policy issues for over two decades in a variety of roles most prominently in helping to develop and implement the nation’s first education technology plan and strategy in 1996 under President Clinton, as well as its subsequent updates in 2000 and again in 2004 (under President Bush). He also consulted on the development of the 2016 plan (under President Obama). From 2009-15, he served as executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Previously, Mr. Levin held positions with the American Institutes for Research, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the National Association of State Boards of Education.