Welcome to the Kansas State Department of Education Cybersecurity page.
This page is a portal to guidance and best practice resources for the educational community to use to enhance the security of their information systems. While these resources are principally geared to K-12 agencies and institutions, the security principles are the same regardless of grade level.
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is partnering with Kansas school districts to develop cybersecurity guidance and recommendations that can help schools from becoming targets for cyberattacks, according to a presentation to the Kansas State Board of Education.
What is Cybersecurity?
- “Measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.” –Merriam-Webster
- “Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.” –Cisco
- “Prevention of damage to, protection of, and restoration of computers, electronic communications systems, electronic communications services, wire communication, and electronic communication, including information contained therein, to ensure its availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and nonrepudiation.” –NIST.gov
- “Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.” –CISA.gov