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Defend against cybersecurity threats to your school.

Across America, kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) educational institutions are experiencing a significant increase in cyberattacks, especially during the transition to remote and virtual learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Malicious cyber actors are targeting school computer systems, slowing access, and rendering the systems inaccessible to basic functions.

Our Nation’s students are also spending more time online than ever before, using technology to complete homework, communicate with peers, and engage with teachers and school staff. Our growing dependence on technology systems - coupled with emerging, evolving, and increasingly deceptive cyber threats – demands enhanced awareness and vigilance when it comes to our online world. It is important for schools, parents, and students to stay safe online by taking proactive steps to defend against risks and strengthen cyber safety and security both at home and within schools.

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The federal government identified additional resources that highlight strategies for school safety. Use these resources to learn more about cybersecurity.

Guidance
Cybersecurity
Cyber Safety Series: Video Call Safety

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, August 2020

In this new world of video calls, it’s more important than ever that we use good good cyber safety practices during every meeting we attend.

Guidance
Cybersecurity
Online Resources to Prevent Child Exploitation

Department of Homeland Security, July 2020

HSI's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit wants you to know how to prevent and report instances of child exploitation. Our partners at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have created the NetSmartz educational outreach program to provide timely and useful information about how to stay sage online. Visit one of the topics below to learn more.

Guidance
Cybersecurity
CISA Insights: COVID-19 Disinformation Activity

Department of Homeland Security, May 2020

This CISA Insight provides an overview of coronavirus disinformation and steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of sharing inaccurate information with your friends and family.

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