How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools?

Thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, I thought I’d take the opportunity to briefly share my perspective on the high-level cybersecurity challenges facing K-12 schools, why it is an important issue (for schools and government), and what should be done about it. In so doing, I will endeavor to distinguish information technology security concerns from privacy issues, as well as from the broader security threats that may exist to students, school staff, and facilities.



In general, there are a range of potential cybersecurity threats facing K-12 schools specifically, driven by motivations to:

disrupt school operations; harm or otherwise take advantage of individuals associated with schools; and disable, compromise, and/or re-direct school technology assets.

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