According to a 2018 Security Scorecard study, the education sector is ranked last among 17 industries in cybersecurity preparedness. This lack of resources and readiness should sound an alarm in today’s school districts. Considering the vast amount of student data being collected, network security should be top of mind to all school faculty and IT decision makers. The K-12 Blueprint Security toolkit - developed with generous support from CDW-G* - includes resources and materials to help school technology leaders make the best decisions to ensure the safety of all school information.  

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CDW-G's Security Services for K-12 Education

Developing a comprehensive security strategy takes more than just IT. Depend on CDW-G for support

Data Security Advice for K-12 Leaders

School faculty need the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen security policies and procedures

Cybersecurity for K-12 Schools and Districts

Implementing data security procedures for a school or district should be a dynamic and ever-evolving process 

Establishing a Zero Trust Ecosystem

There are several elements necessary to create a “perfect storm” of security: a Zero Trust Ecosystem

Evaluating your District's Cybersecurity Readiness

Understand the techniques that cyberhackers employ, and how they can exploit your district's vulnerabilities

Creating Safe Learning Environments

School learning environments must meet academic needs while simultaneously minimizing cyber risks

District Security Self-Assessment Checklist

A checklist from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) to help gauge a district’s security readiness

Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Job

This National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Working Group guidebook outlines role-based protections

Data Security: The First Step to Protect Student Privacy

A report exploring the difficulty in providing an “anything goes” technology environment while protecting privacy 

Security Planning Rubric

A rubric from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) that districts can use to determine security preparedness

Questions to Ask Online Service Providers

A list from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) of key security questions to discuss with your provider

Making the Case for Security

A sample security presentation that can be easily modified and adapted for your own use when sharing information or securing buy-in

Security Threats to Prepare For

While districts are falling behind on security due to constraints, cybercriminals are becoming shrewder

Producing Next-Generation Learners in Grapevine, Texas

With an investment in Windows 10 laptops for middle school students and tools such as Minecraft ​EDU, Grapevine-Colleyille ISD is creating a robust and educational 1:1 environment.

Dell Chromebooks and Classrooms: A Winning Combination

See for yourself how today’s teachers are using Intel-based Chromebooks to bring 21st Century learning to their students.

Going Big (Texas Style) with One-to-One Laptops

Houston ISD is about to enter the third phase of its phenomenally successful 1:1 PowerUp initiative, which allows teachers in all 282 district schools to create a rich learning environment filled with project-based learning, 21st-century skills development, and coursework aligned to individual aptitudes and interests. 

Fake Phishing Emails Expose Need for Cybersecurity Training

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How to Break Down Administration Silos for Cybersecurity

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How K–12 School Districts Push Back Against Hackers

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The Cybersecurity Threats that Keep K-12 CIOs Up at Night

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Back from Disaster

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Driving Change: Do Today’s Superintendents Go Far Enough?

Are today's superintendents focusing on student outcomes with the necessary vision, strategy and high quality leadership? Read Leslie Wilson's insights about what industry leaders have to offer and what that can mean for technology and learning today. 

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CoSN Establishes ‘Trusted Learning Environment’ Seal to Ensure Student Data Privacy

CoSN's Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal will allow school system leaders from across the country to communicate their privacy efforts to parents, communities, and other stakeholders while ensuring that their school systems are adhering to best practices.  

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Data Security: The First Step to Protect Student Privacy

In this analyst report, Bob Moore presents the practical steps that every school technology leader should be taking to ensure security of data, with protecting privacy as the end in mind.