Our growing dependence on technology systems – coupled with emerging, evolving, and increasingly deceptive cyber threats – demands enhanced awareness and vigilance when it comes to our online world. All educational institutions are at risk of falling victim to a cyberattack, and in recent years, K-12 schools have been an increasingly frequent target. These attacks can impact a school’s ability to carry out its educational obligations, protect sensitive student and staff data, and provide a safe and secure learning environment for our nation’s youth.
Defending against cyber threats takes teamwork, and every individual in the school setting, no matter their role, can play a part. Students, educators, administrators, and school personnel should ‘see themselves in cyber’ by taking simple, proactive steps to better protect themselves and their school systems online.