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?


Merriam-Webster

“Measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.”

Cisco

“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.”

NIST.gov

“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.”

CISA.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.”

Cybersecurity Webinars

KSDE’s Information Technology (IT) team put together a team of experts to assist school technology directors and staff members, along with superintendents, principals and others who are interested, navigate the complex and critical practices of cybersecurity and data privacy.

The 60-minute webinars will take place at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

 Advance registration is required for each event. Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information for joining the webinar.

FERPA 201 for IT

FERPA 201 for IT

Wednesday, May 15 @ 1 p.m.

Think you know everything there is to know about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)? The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) challenges all attendees to put their knowledge to the test! In this session, we will explore complex and varied real-world scenarios around student privacy and ask you, the audience, to help us work through them. This session provides an excellent forum for discussion of complex issues regarding FERPA, and a great space to have your questions answered. Do you think you have what it takes? To that, we say, "It depends!”