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CISA sends schools back to the classroom on security


A report by the US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on security shortcomings at America's K-12 schools isn't good news. 

The Protecting Our Future: Partnering to Safeguard K–12 organizations from Cybersecurity Threats study and its accompanying digital toolkit conclude that K-12 organizations, which cover American schoolchildren from the age of five up until graduation around the age of 18, are all suffering from a lack of resources, clarity, and prioritization of IT security needs. 

To address those issues, CISA is recommending all K-12 districts invest in solving their most serious security shortcomings, identify and address resource constraints and work to build a collaborative threat sharing network. 

Toss a rock at cybersecurity best practices and you'll probably hit some version of those same problems and solutions in other sectors, too. But schools, NIST said, are the most "important institution to the future prosperity and strength ...


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