Facilitated Online Course: Cybersecurity in K-12 Education

Wannacry. Heartbleed. Sasser. These are just some of the worldwide cyber attacks that have made it increasingly obvious to technical professionals in the K-12 education sector that the need to secure our school systems' information infrastructure is greater than ever.
This seven-week facilitated online course will help IT staff learn the fundamentals of IT security and improve their understanding of enterprise security issues. The content is comprised of three modules – 1) Network Security, 2) Risks and Controls, and 3) Vulnerabilities and Mitigation. 9 CEA Credits toward CETL® recertification.


Amy McLaughlin has twenty+ years’ experience building, implementing, and securing information systems in K-12, higher education and government sectors. She is currently the Project Director of CoSN's Cybersecurity initiative and has 15+ years' of Chief Information Security Officer/Technology Director experience. As a CISO, she has been responsible for protecting data covered by a broad range of federal and state regulations including HIPAA, FERPA, and IRS 1075. Amy has a strong interest in the intersection of technology, information security, psychology, privacy and civil rights. She has served as the State of Oregon E-Rate coordinator, led the development of Oregon's K12 data policies to support gender non-conforming students, participated in the drafting of the Oregon Identity Theft Protection Act, and is the vice-chair of the CoSN Smart Education Networks by Design team.  

Fall 2021 Course Schedule 

October 8 - December 10, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 ET
October 8
Welcome & Introductions
Network Security
  • The OSI Model
  • The Basics
  • Elements of a Secure Network 
October 15
Network Security 
  • Seven Domains of IT Infrastructure
  • Network Risk Types
  • Network Security Principals
  • Firewalls
  • Network Access Control
  • WiFi Security
October 22
Risk & Controls
  • Basic Security Principals
  • Controls
  • Inventory Devices & Software
  • Configurations
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Admin Privileges

October 2930

Risk & Controls
  • Risk Assessment
  • Integration and Privacy
  • RTO & RPO
November 5
Vulnerability & Mitigation
  • Responding to Incidents
  • Securing the Human
  • The Way In
  • Social Engineering
 November 12

Vulnerability & Mitigation

  • System Logs
  • Hardening Systems and Networks
  • Assessment and Scanners
  • The Boxes
December 10
Course Review
Participant Action Plan Presentations



Course Pricing Member Non-Member
Educator $599 $799
Corporate $799 $999



If you are a CoSN member and have a group interested in taking a course, we are happy to work with you to make arrangements for a private facilitation. You may also be interested in our ability to customize a virtual group presentation to meet your needs. Additional consulting may be available to assist your School District in modifying their policies to comply with privacy laws and best practices. For more information please contact us.