At the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning we serve in a consultive role and strive to connect our local education agencies with security resources. On this webpage you will find a variety of resources for your security needs.
The FBI, CISA, and the MS-ISAC observed Vice Society actors disproportionately targeting the education sector - specifically K12 - with ransomware attacks. Technical details and mitigation measures are provided in the Joint Cybersecurity Advisory
The K-12 Cyber Incident Map is a great tool that can help your LEA stay up to date with the latest cyber security information in your area. This map is an interactive visualization of cybersecurity-related incidents reported about U.S. K-12 public schools and districts from 2016 to the present. ‘Cyber’ incidents include:
unauthorized disclosures, breaches or hacks resulting in the disclosure of personal data (purple pins);
ransomware attacks (yellow pins);
phishing attacks resulting in the disclosure of personal data (blue pins);
denial-of-service attacks (green pins); and
other cyber incidents resulting in school disruptions and unauthorized disclosures (red pins).
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has compiled and published a list of free cybersecurity services and tools to help organizations reduce cybersecurity risk and strengthen resiliency. This non-exhaustive living repository includes services provided by CISA, widely used open source tools, and free tools and services offered by private and public sector organizations across the cybersecurity community.
CISA also strongly recommends organizations take the following foundational measures:
CISA encourages network defenders to take the steps above and consult the list of free cybersecurity services and tools to reduce the likelihood of a damaging cyber incident, detect malicious activity, respond to confirmed incidents, and strengthen resilience. As a reminder, CISA encourages all organizations to review our new Shields Up webpage to find recommended actions on protecting their most critical assets.
We know cybersecurity can be alot to tackle so we have resources to help you get started! For a cyber readiess esentials starter kit click the button below
CISA Best Practices: This site is getting a lot of traffic lately and provides some great, high-level tips on what entities should be doing to protect themselves and their most critical assets, especially in the face of increased threats from Russia.
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