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Schools are using cloud-based applications more frequently with the surge in hybrid learning, but IT teams struggle to secure this environment.

"District technology leaders once again named cybersecurity as their top priority, yet school districts continue to fall victim to cyberattacks. In fact, K-12 education is now one of the top targeted industries. Why?

Cybercrime has evolved, but cybersecurity strategies haven't. While K-12 education is a leader in cloud adoption, driven by the embrace of Google Workspace and Microsoft 365, districts often aren't properly securing it..."

Tech and Learning curates the best K-12 cybersecurity lessons, games and activities

"Computer literacy and security are not merely elective topics for today's students. Instead, these have become an essential part of elementary education, starting at the earliest levels- because even preschoolers have access to internet-enabled devices.

Launched in 2004 as a collaboration between the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to promote not only awareness of cybersecurity hazards, but also the knowledge and tools users need to protect themselves, their devices, and their networks while accessing the vast information highway that makes modern life possible..."

As K-12 schools become fast-rising targets for cyberattacks, six IT experts discuss strategies for protecting their networks

"With a growing number of cyber incidents targeting K-12 schools, it should come as no surprise that cybersecurity is a top priority for IT leaders and administrators across the nation. In the Consortium for School Networking's most recent EdTech Leadership Survey Report, respondents confirmed that 'cybersecurity and the privacy of student data are the top two technology priorities.'

At the same time, the report found that only 54 percent of K-12 IT leaders surveyed have high confidence in their ability to handle a cyberthreat..."

Weeks before COVID-19 shut down the world, I was walking a stretch of beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

"While beautiful, my reason for being there was less than idyllic. My colleagues and I were on 'America's favorite island' to co-develop a worker recovery disaster management strategy. The beach my team walked on each night could be washed away the next time a hurricane hits.

For years, this coastal community has dedicated time, talent, and resources to disaster preparedness and response. When dangerous weather arrives, plans are put in motion, and local leaders and rescue personnel know what to do, when to act, and who is responsible for which actions..."

Most of us may remember our first day at school, making friends and sharing experiences inside and outside of the classroom

"In the same way, we might remember our graduation day and sharing with our friends the closing of a stage in our lives and the start of a new chapter full of dreams. Millions of students have lost these and many other formative experiences over the last 18 months.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only caused learning losses, but it has also impacted complementary interactions that were part of being at school or at a higher-level institution. Loss of daily structure, diminished social group interaction, fear of getting sick, uncertainty of the future, social distancing, amongst other factors, have affected and are still affecting the wellbeing of students..."

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