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Cyber-Security for School Leaders Event

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Cyber-Security for School Leaders: Understanding the Threat / Responding to the Challenge

Date/Time: Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 8:45 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W 4th St, Mansfield, Ohio 44906

To Register:   Please email Karen Mullins (karenm@fes.org).  Include your name, the number of individuals attending, titles and the school you represent.

Cost:  Free of charge.  

Lunch: Lunch will be provided.

Credit: A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants who attend the entire seminar


Cyber-Security for School Leaders: Understanding the Threat / Responding to the Challenge

  • Cyber-crime is the fastest growing category of crime in the United States.  
  • Over the course of the last decade, 780 school systems in the United States experienced a cyber-breach resulting in over 14 million records containing the personally identifiable information of students and staff ending up in the hands of foreign and domestic criminals and used for a number of nefarious ends from identity theft to bank fraud.
  • In its Internet Security Report for 2016 Symantec noted, “The education sector has become the second-most breached industry in the United States, running right behind the healthcare industry”. 
  •  Doug Levin, CEO of Ed Tech Strategies , announced in May 2017, that “The nation’s K-12 schools are on track to experience a 100% increase in the number of cyber-incidents this year over last year.”

Cyber - Security for School Leaders is a 5 hour seminar designed to help K-12 school leaders understand: 

  • The threat digital criminals pose and strategies they employ. 
  • The degree to which commonly employed cyber-defenses will protect district information and how school leaders can strengthen and supplement them. 
  • The immediate challenges and long-term consequences of a cyber-incident/data breach 
  • The liability school leaders bear for failing to cultivate a culture of cyber-security by implementing strong cyber policies and proactive security strategies.  
  • Recently framed federal security standards and steps school leaders should take to protect their information and harden the district’s network to internal and external threats.

Audience: Superintendents, treasurers, school business officials, building principals and other appropriate school personnel. 

Contributors: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (SORSA), Auditor of State of Ohio, Management Council of Educational Computer Network (MCOECN), Foundation for Educational Services (FES), McGown & Markling Law