View some of the exciting moments captured from the historic White House Cybersecurity Summit for K-12 Schools, including the livestream, K-12 Digital Infrastructure Briefs, and more

Getting Started with Cybersecurity

CoSN’s EdTech Leadership Survey consistently identifies cybersecurity as a top priority for school system IT Leaders.   

School system leaders, including technology leaders, need to protect their networks and information security, analyze their current status, and validate what they are doing well. CoSN provides tools and resources that provide insight into how risk can be further reduced in ways that help technology leaders contribute to their schools' primary goals of teaching and learning. We also offer assistance to district technology leaders who are working to ensure safety for both students and staff.

CoSN Cybersecurity Project Director: Amy McLaughlin, MS, MA, CETL, CISM, CHPS, CDPSE, CISSP,

CoSN staff contact: Jill Brown, MA, Ph.d., Director of Professional Learning,

CoSN Year-Round Catalog

CoSN Courses and Workshops Catalog

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Don Ringelestein, CETL, CISSP, CISM, CAPM, ITILv4 - Executive Director of Technology at Yorkville CUSD 115

Addressing Cybersecurity in K-12 Organizations

The Foundation of effective cybersecurity practices is planning.

Preparation is key to preventing attacks and protecting your organizational systems.

Implementation of your cybersecurity program requires a systematic approach. These resources can streamline the process.

Preparedness is what separates a botched response from a secure one. 


CoSN is excited to share the K-12CVAT, based off the Educause Higher Education Community Vendor Assessment Tool – Lite (HECVAT-Lite), but geared specifically towards K-12 education. Download it now. Directions: Using the K-12CVAT


CoSN Cybersecurity Professional Development Opportunities:

Cybersecurity in K-12 Schools Facilitated Online Course
Creating Cybersecurity and Incident Response Plans: Cybersecurity Online Workshop 101
Cybersecurity on a Shoestring Budget Online Workshop 201
Planning & Running Tabletop Incident Response Exercises Cybersecurity Online Workshop 301
Cybersecurity Insider Threat: Employee- Incident Response Online Workshop #1
Cybersecurity Insider Threat: Student- Incident Response Online Workshop #2
Cybersecurity External Threat: System Infiltration- Incident Response Online Workshop #3

CoSN also offers affordable customized courses & in-house professional development options for schools or districts.
We can provide nationally recognized subject matter expert instructors or fully developed courses for you to facilitate with in-house experts in our LMS.

Read More: Course Details, Syllabi & Self-Study Options
Register:  CoSN Calendar* or Courses/Workshop Catalog *Subscribe to the CoSN Calendar at the bottom of the page.

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Extend your Learning

CoSN offers ongoing professional development opportunities focused on Cybersecurity including:

Cybersecurity Online Courses, Workshops, Tabletop Exercises, Webinars and Podcasts for you and your team! 

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