Washington, D.C. (January 24, 2023) – CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) report, “Partnering to Safeguard K-12 Organizations from Cybersecurity Threats.” As an early endorser of the bipartisan K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021, CoSN eagerly welcomes CISA’s resultant K-12 cybersecurity report and recommendations. The long-awaited report draws desperately needed attention to a problem threatening confidential student and teacher data and the limited instructional time of schools in every corner of the country. Just in the last week, San Benito Consolidated Independent School District (TX) shared details of a cyberattack in which SSNs and bank account information were stolen from staff, and a suspected ransomware attack led to lost instructional time in Iowa’s largest school district, Des Moines Public Schools.
“The cyber threats facing the nation’s schools and learners — especially schools serving our most vulnerable populations — are serious and pervasive. CISA’s new report and recommendations, including the agency’s call on schools to ‘leverag[e] available grant programs’ like E-rate — is a powerful step forward,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.
Read more about the experience of two superintendents who were victims of cyberattacks here.
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