Giving Compass’ Take:
• This EdSurge post explores how more schools are making cybersecurity a priority, but staffing is still an issue.
• How can the nonprofit sector help build a better technological infrastructure in our schools? What can funders do to support the effort at privacy protection for students and staff?
A few years ago, cybersecurity threats were not on the radar of most school district leaders, much less top items in their budgets. But today, it’s one of the highest priority issues facing school technology departments.
That’s according to the sixth annual broadband and infrastructure report released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit made up of K-12 school technology leaders.
An increasing number of district leaders are realizing the importance of bolstering their network security, the report found, and their budget priorities reflect as much.
“School districts, like every organization and person in the world, are concerned with keeping data private and secure,” Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN, tells EdSurge. “It’s dramatically up from recent years.”
Based on responses from 386 U.S. school districts, more than one-third (36 percent) of districts spend 10 percent or more of their technology budgets on network security, and another third (31 percent) direct between 5 and 9 percent to security issues.
These security funds are often spent on services such as breach detection and security vulnerability assessments. It may also include cybersecurity insurance, real-time monitoring, or training for IT staff, among other services.
Things like infrastructure, professional development and the actual purchase of technology equipment will continue to top the list on a technology budget, Krueger says. But network security is easily the fastest-growing line item.
Read the full article about school districts addressing cybersecurity threats by Emily Tate at EdSurge.
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