Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2024) CoSN commends Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Rosenworcel, Commissioner Starks and Commissioner Gomez for voting to approve the agency’s new Schools and Libraries Cybersecurity Pilot Program. This crucial, three-year initiative will provide invaluable data to the FCC and other government agencies about the cybersecurity needs of schools and the associated costs of these essential broadband infrastructure investments.

As cyberattacks continue to threaten schools of all sizes and locations, confidential student data, school networks and public funds remain at grave risk. The pilot program represents a significant step forward in addressing this pressing issue. CoSN urges the FCC and the Universal Service Administrative Company to move swiftly in inviting applications from school districts and libraries to ensure the program’s findings are available as quickly as possible, including to help the agency modernize the E-rate program.

 “CoSN applauds the FCC for its leadership in helping school districts tackle the serious and universal problem of cybersecurity threats,” said Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN. “This pilot program will not only provide much-needed support to a select group of schools and libraries but also offer valuable insights into the scope of the challenge and the resources required to keep our students and educators safe online. We look forward to working closely with the FCC to ensure the program’s success and to build a more secure future for schools’ digital infrastructure.”

CoSN remains committed, including through our longstanding cybersecurity initiative, to supporting school districts in their efforts to enhance cybersecurity measures and protect sensitive educational and personnel data. The organization will continue to collaborate with the FCC and other stakeholders to promote privacy best practices and advocate for the resources needed to safeguard our educational institutions from evolving cyber threats.

About CoSN
CoSN, the world-class professional association for K-12 EdTech leaders, stands at the forefront of education innovation. We are driven by a mission to equip current and aspiring K-12 education technology leaders, their teams, and school districts with the community, knowledge, and professional development they need to cultivate engaging learning environments. Our vision is rooted in a future where every learner reaches their unique potential, guided by our community. CoSN represents over 13 million students and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org

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