Many public K-12s struggle to defend themselves against the barrage of cybersecurity threats they face on a daily basis. Not only are these challenges constantly evolving, but most educational institutions are not equipped with the resources, staff, and expertise they need to manage cybersecurity risk.
With the onset of COVID-19 and the shift to virtual learning, public K-12s have exponentially more devices connecting to their networks that are not controlled by the district. This presents new ways for cyber-attacks, like ransomware, to impact their operations, students, and staff. Luckily, there are resources available to public K-12s to help defend against such threats. All public K-12s can become members of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®). The MS-ISAC is the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal governments.