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Spotlight on Cybersecurity 2020

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The Education Week Spotlight on Cybersecurity is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how educators are combatting cyberattacks, strengthening district-wide cybersecurity efforts, and training school employees to prevent cyberattacks.

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Classroom Technology Cyberattacks Disrupt Learning Even More During COVID-19
With so many students taking classes only from home, a cyberattack can have an outsized impact on schooling.
Alyson Klein, September 14, 2020
5 min read
Privacy & Security Large, Well-Off Suburban Districts Most Likely to Get Hacked
Bigger, wealthier districts make easier targets for hackers, a GAO analysis found.
Alyson Klein, October 15, 2020
2 min read
Education Congress Heightens Emphasis on K-12 Cybersecurity During COVID-19
Congress introduced two new bills, the PROTECT Act and the National Cyber Director Act, to strengthen cybersecurity measures across the nation, including for schools.
Hannah Farrow, July 14, 2020
3 min read
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IT Management 4 Big Cybersecurity Priorities for Schools: Training, Purchasing, Monitoring, and Budgeting
A survey of 513 K-12 technology leaders on how they are dealing with the latest cybersecurity challenges showed that 63 percent are working on training end users.
Mark Lieberman, March 17, 2020
4 min read
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School & District Management Coronavirus Compounds K-12 Cybersecurity Problems: 5 Areas to Watch
Cybersecurity experts have warned about coronavirus pandemic-related phishing scams targeting many sectors of the economy. Now, schools are being warned to be extra vigilant too.
Jake Maher, March 17, 2020
3 min read
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School & District Management Cyberattacks Force Schools to Bolster Online Security
There have been at least 775 publicly disclosed cyber incidents in K-12 schools since 2016. The number more than doubled between 2018 and 2019, a report shows.
Alyson Klein, March 17, 2020
7 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
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