Ransomware Reference Materials for K-12


In response to the rise in malicious activity with ransomware attacks against K-12 educational institutions since the onset of COVID-19 and the increase in remote learning, CISA, in collaboration with the FBI, has produced a helpful fact sheet, Cyber Threats to K-12 Remote Learning Education. The fact sheet is an excellent primer for non-technical educational professionals, and includes general cybersecurity best practices, video-conferencing best practices, and a list of available resources. For additional related resources, see:

  • CISA's Telework Guidance and Resources page.
  • The STOP.THINK.CONNECT. campaign's Parent and Educator Resources page.
  • *NEW* Webinar: K-12 Education Leaders’ Guide to Ransomware: Prevention, Response, and Recovery
    • Co-hosted by CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), this webinar, moderated by Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director, NCSA, features a discussion with Bridgette Walsh, CISA Acting Deputy Assistant Director, Stakeholder Engagement, and Ryan Kalember, Executive Vice President, Proofpoint, Inc. The panel focuses on the evolving K-12 ransomware threat landscape, some common attack vectors, and resources available to our schools to prevent, respond to, and recover from a ransomware incident. 
  • CYBER.ORG, which empowers educators to teach cyber confidently, resulting in students with the skills and passion needed to succeed in the cyber workforce.
  • Schoolsafety.gov, which was created by the federal government to provide schools and districts with actionable recommendations to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow.

Click on the icons below to find resources designed to help individuals and K-12 educational institutions remain secure during a time of remote and hybrid learning. 


Ransomware Guidance for K-12 IT Professionals
Ransomware Reference Materials for K-12 School IT Staff

 

Best practices for school and school district cybersecurity managers, system administrators, and other technical staff to enhance their school and/or district's security posture during distance and hybrid learning conditions.


Ransomware Reference Materials for Parents, Teachers, and School Administrators
Ransomware Reference Materials for Parents, Teachers, and K-12 School Administrators

 

Best practices for non-technical staff as well as parents and teachers to enhance a school's security poster during distance and hybrid learning conditions.


Ransomware Reference Materials for K-12 Students
Ransomware Reference Materials for K-12 Students

 

Tips and consideration, as well as cybersecurity best practices, to help students stay safe and to do their part in keeping their school's network secure while learning remotely.

 

Victims of ransomware should report it immediately to CISA at www.us-cert.gov/report, a local FBI Field Office, or Secret Service Field Office.

 

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