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CISA Releases Guide to Help Safeguard K-12 Schools from Cyber Threats


CISA’s report, which was mandated by the K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021, outlined a variety of steps that primary and secondary schools can take to bolster their cyber defenses.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a report on Tuesday outlining a variety of steps that K-12 schools and districts should take to enhance their cybersecurity practices, amid an increase in ransomware attacks and other digital threats targeting primary and secondary education institutions across the country. 

The report offered three voluntary recommendations to help schools bolster their cyber defenses, including investing in the highest-impact security measures and building toward “a mature cybersecurity plan,” identifying and addressing resource constraints, and focusing on “collaboration and information sharing.”

CISA’s report highlighted individual steps that schools could take to achieve these recommendations, such as implementing multifactor authentication to secure online accounts and data, developing a cyber incident response plan and working to ...


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