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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.

Video
Cybersecurity
Cyber Safety Series: Ransomware

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, February 2021

Ransomware attacks continue to be one of the most common cyber attacks. Here are some tips to avoid ransomware and keep your information secure.

Guidance
Cybersecurity
Ransomware Guide

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, September 2020

Ransomware is a form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption. In recent years, ransomware incidents have become increasingly prevalent among the Nation’s state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government entities and critical infrastructure organizations.

Fact Sheet
Cybersecurity
Cyber Safety Considerations for K-12 Schools and School Districts

Department of Education

This Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center fact sheet includes information on the most common online threats students face, including cyberbullying and describes how school and school district administrators can prepare and respond to online threats.

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