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Federal Cybersecurity Resources


The United States Department of Education has put together some resources that can shed some light on cybersecurity/ransomware attacks, as well as the corresponding response. Please click on any of the links below to learn more!

Responding to Ransomware Attacks: Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts files and data on a device, rendering the information unretrievable and unusable to the device owner. If your education agency, district, or school is the victim of a ransomware attack, preparation and a prompt response will be key in reducing the impact and duration of the incident. Access the video by clicking clicking here.

Cybersecurity and Incident Response Webinar: This recorded webinar, focused on cybersecurity and incident response best practices, is aimed at schools and districts looking to build and enhance their ability to recognize, respond to, and remediate incidents that impact school systems and data. Access the webinar by clicking here.

FERPA/IDEA Crosswalk (Updated): This document is a side-by-side comparison of the legal provisions and definitions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B, Part C, and FERPA. Access the crosswalk by clicking here.

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In addition to those resources, the Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO), through its Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), will be hosting a three-day virtual webinar series on student privacy and data security in January 2023. This webinar series will provide the education community nationwide with opportunities to learn more about Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), transparency, data security, data breach preparedness and response, and more.

Please register for each day of the series below:

Day 1: FERPA 101 and Transparency Best Practices, Jan. 11, 2023, 2-4 p.m. (EST)
Day 2: FERPA 201 and Vetting Educational Technology, Jan. 18, 2023, 2-4 p.m. (EST)
Day 3: Data Security and Data Breach Response, Jan. 25, 2023, 2-4 p.m. (EST)

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