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Five reasons schools need to address cybersecurity now

12.10.2018 — Even after recent high-profile incidents, cybersecurity can seem abstract and non-urgent, but of course, cybersecurity is a necessity in education.

Schools have valuable information to protect for both students and employees. However, as financial and physical security issues arise, cybersecurity can fall down the list. As Ann McMullan, project director for the CoSN Empowered Superintendents Program reminded attendees at a recent webinar, cyberattacks are increasing in K-12 — from phishing attempts to outright hacks.

Joining McMullan for “Cyber Security: A Critical School District Priority” were Steve Bradshaw, superintendent of Columbia Falls School District 6; Juan Cabrera, superintendent of El Paso ISD; and Dr. Gary Lilly, superintendent of Bristol Tennessee City Schools. Sharing personal experiences and insights from across K-12, they implored school leaders to create a comprehensive cybersecurity plan — now.

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