Back To School & CISA – Check Out New Resources!

As school systems reopen this fall for in-person, hybrid or remote learning, it is essential to pay attention to the persistent threat of cybersecurity attacks that can impact services, threaten staff and student personally identifiable information, and deny access to learning resources.  We are also all painfully aware of the lack of in-house resources available to schools and districts to address cybersecurity, making it imperative that we leverage outside resources whenever possible.  Here is a great opportunity to do just that and raise cybersecurity awareness among teachers, staff, p

A CTO's Perspective on the Importance of Cybersecurity

Those responsible for cybersecurity in our districts spend a great deal of time empowering our users with security knowledge and awareness. Yet, we often don't allow any time for us to focus on our own learning.  As IT leaders, we oversee an incredibly complex, data-rich network that is under constant attack. To perform our jobs well, we must carve out time to learn and grow ourselves!

Cybersecurity – Offense is Your Best Defense

2020 marked a "record-breaking" year for cyber-attacks against schools and CoSN's 2021 IT leadership surveys found that cybersecurity remains a top concern among chief technology officers across the nation.
I spoke with David, the Director of Information Services in a smaller district (~5000 students) in the Midwest about what his district is doing to prepare for cyber-attacks this school year.

Fall 2021: A Fresh Approach to Data Privacy

Back to school season is in full swing. It’s a time of fresh starts and new beginnings for the entire school district. Of course, past challenges haven’t gone away, but the season serves as a reminder that we can approach old challenges with clear eyes and a new perspective. To help bring the spirit of the season to your student data privacy program in the new school year, CoSN Members are invited to take advantage of these Member Briefs, tackling some of the thorniest student data privacy challenges:

You Can Do It -- How Does the Trusted Learning Environment Seal Application Process Help You Assess Your Privacy Program?

CoSN sat down with Kevin Perkins, Technology Director for TLE Seal recipient Rockingham County Public Schools to learn more about Rockingham’s journey to the TLE and how starting small, but with sustained efforts, can lead to big wins over time.
 CoSN: Kevin, please tell us a bit about yourself and your district.

Rural Virginia School District Awarded National Distinction for Student Data Privacy Practices

CoSN today awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal to Rockingham County Public Schools (RCPS). The TLE Seal is a prestigious national distinction that school districts earn for demonstrating a commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices.
A small, rural district in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, RCPS is responsible for managing the privacy of more than 11,600 students. It is the second school system in Virginia to receive the Seal.

EdTech Leaders Cite Cybersecurity as No. 1 Priority, Critical IT Infrastructure Updates Needed

CoSN today released a new report, combining the results of the organization’s long-standing IT Leadership and Infrastructure surveys, to give school districts and policymakers a holistic understanding of the K-12 IT landscape.

Tips to Plan a Successful Funding Initiative

Although the 2020 fall elections are a year away, now is the time to start planning for voter-approved funding proposals such as bonds and levies. These funding vehicles can be leveraged to raise funds for large technology upgrades and improvements. Presidential elections, in particular, present an excellent opportunity to leverage voter participation, especially in states where minimum voter turnout is required to pass funding requests. However, early planning and consistent follow through is critical to help ensure successful bond or levy passage.