At the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning we serve in a consultive role and strive to connect our local education agencies with security resources. On this webpage you will find a variety of resources for your security needs.
The FBI, CISA, and the MS-ISAC have recently observed Vice Society actors disproportionately targeting the education sector - specifically K12 - with ransomeware attacks. Technical details and mitigation measures are provided.
The K-12 Cyber Incident Map is a great tool that can help your LEA stay up to date with the latest cyber security information in your area. This map is an interactive visualization of cybersecurity-related incidents reported about U.S. K-12 public schools and districts from 2016 to the present. ‘Cyber’ incidents include:
unauthorized disclosures, breaches or hacks resulting in the disclosure of personal data (purple pins);
ransomware attacks (yellow pins);
phishing attacks resulting in the disclosure of personal data (blue pins);
denial-of-service attacks (green pins); and
other cyber incidents resulting in school disruptions and unauthorized disclosures (red pins).
The State of Arizona currently has a program that provides cyber resources to local and tribal government entities in Arizona. Starting in July 2022, the State of Arizona is seeking to expand their support to also cover K12 public districts in Arizona, at no cost for the schools! The included resources are:
K12 SCHOOLS CAN HELP FAMILIES QUALIFY FOR REDUCED INTERNET COSTS, DEVICES AND MORE:
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.
Recently the Biden Administration made a deal with internet providers to ensure internet services provided to low-income families starting at $30 a month is high-speed internet and not the slowest speed offered by the provider.
Eligible households could receive:
Up to a $30/month discount on internet service
Up to a $75/month discount if household is on qualifying Tribal lands
A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP*
Schools can help qualify families for the $30 a month Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) via the free and reduced lunch program. Both Common Sense Media and Education Superhighway have created great toolkits and collections of resources for school and parents. To find out more information on this program click the button below.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced this week it has compiled and published a list of free cybersecurity services and tools to help organizations reduce cybersecurity risk and strengthen resiliency. This non-exhaustive living repository includes services provided by CISA, widely used open source tools, and free tools and services offered by private and public sector organizations across the cybersecurity community.
CISA also strongly recommends organizations take the following foundational measures:
CISA encourages network defenders to take the steps above and consult the list of free cybersecurity services and tools to reduce the likelihood of a damaging cyber incident, detect malicious activity, respond to confirmed incidents, and strengthen resilience. As a reminder, CISA encourages all organizations to review our new Shields Up webpage to find recommended actions on protecting their most critical assets.
We know cybersecurity can be alot to tackle so we have resources to help you get started! For a cyber readiess esentials starter kit click the button below
CISA Best Practices: This site is getting a lot of traffic lately and provides some great, high-level tips on what entities should be doing to protect themselves and their most critical assets, especially in the face of increased threats from Russia.
IT and Security Policy Templates: this site contains all of the State IT and Security policies. The Information Security policies start with section P8000: Information Security, and templated versions of each document are provided. Each policy is separated out by each type of security control so entities can filter.
K12 Six: a non-profit membership group that has free resources available designed specifically for K12 schools.
Essential protections – In cybersecurity, there will always be issues. These outlined essential protections will help schools avoid incidents. Take the time to read this!