Additional cybersecurity tips from the labs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
District CIOs recommend following the Cybersecurity Framework created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST. The model recommends five functions to address cybersecurity threats.
Identify: Understand your systems, assets, data and people, and know your at-risk areas.
Protect: Develop a security plan and outline safeguards—such as identity management, authentication, encryption and student/staff training—to prevent threats.
Detect: Create monitoring systems that identify cybersecurity threats when they happen, so you can stop them in the process and get your system back up sooner.
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Respond: Be prepared for a security threat to happen and know how you’ll react. Communicate during and after an event with law enforcement, students, parents and the public, as appropriate.
Recover: Debrief after the security threat to find ways to improve your systems and restore downed services.
Carolyn Crist is a writer based in Athens, Georgia.