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The Education Week Spotlight on Cybersecurity is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on cyberattack statistics, how district leaders are combating and preventing cyberattacks, and the importance of practicing online ethics.

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Library Media Specialist Stacy Olson shows kindergarteners at Rita Murphy Elementary School in Bismarck, N.D., how to draw a circle using small, handheld robots called Ozobots that move and follow a marker line.
Library Media Specialist Stacy Olson shows kindergarteners at Rita Murphy Elementary School in Bismarck, N.D., how to draw a circle using small, handheld robots called Ozobots that move and follow a marker line.
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Privacy & Security K-12 Cybersecurity Lessons Learned From 'Constant Barrage of Attacks'
In North Dakota alone, the state network used by K-12 schools, state universities, and other public agencies experiences 5.7 million known cyberattacks every month.
Benjamin Herold, March 19, 2019
7 min read
School & District Management Five Hundred Schools Have Been Hit by Ransomware in 2019, Report Finds
That's a big uptick from 2018, according to statistics from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center. K-12 schools experienced 119 cyber incidents in 2018 and only about 10 percent involved ransomware.
Alyson Klein, October 3, 2019
1 min read
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Privacy & Security The Best Defense Against Cyberattacks, From a District CTO
Melissa Tebbenkamp, the director of instructional technology for the Raytown Quality Schools near Kansas City, says her district's biggest cybersecurity risk is "ourselves."
Sean Cavanagh, March 19, 2019
10 min read
Privacy & Security 6 Steps for Preventing and Cleaning Up Cyberattacks
Learn about common-sense measures you can put in place to protect your district against a rising mix of cyber threats facing K-12 schools.
Sean Cavanagh, March 19, 2019
4 min read
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Privacy & Security Opinion Why K-12 Cybersecurity Is Only as Good as the Leadership at the Top
Doug Levin, the founder of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, argues that superintendents and school boards need to take a more active role in improving cybersecurity.
Doug Levin, March 19, 2019
5 min read
Before they were teenagers, Rochester Hills, Mich., students Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens showed the advanced computer skills and probing minds that are highly sought after by employers. How did things go so wrong?
Before they were teenagers, Rochester Hills, Mich., students Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens showed the advanced computer skills and probing minds that are highly sought after by employers. How did things go so wrong?
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School Climate & Safety At Age 12, They Hacked Their School District. The Adults Are Still Trying to Catch Up.
Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens should be the cybersecurity workers of tomorrow. Instead, they may be charged with a crime.
Benjamin Herold, November 7, 2018
10 min read