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Cybersecurity Maturity in K-12 Schools
Episode 2227th October 2021 • The K-12 Tech Experience • ManagedMethods
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In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by Chris Johnson, the Director of Technology at Mount Pleasant Community School District in Iowa. Jake and Chris discuss how cybersecurity across K-12 has changed and how mature school district cybersecurity is when it comes to the ability to protect against emerging threats.


Listen to Chris Johnson's podcast MSP 1337 and his episode on K-12 vulnerabilities.


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(06:54) - Chris shares how his role has changed as a technology director in a school district

(10:11) - Chris' lessons learned from the past year that he has continued to implement at Mount Pleasant CSD.

(12:20) - What cybersecurity maturity means and how it applies to K-12 schools.

(18:00) - How the increased cyberattacks toward K-12 has impacted cybersecurity maturity.

(20:19) - Why smaller school districts need to assume they are as big of a target as larger districts and organizations.

(23:38) - The types of cyber threats school districts face, especially from the students and staff internally.

(25:49) - The direction that government and K-12 education are moving when it comes to cybersecurity.

(28:12) - The vulnerabilities school district technology directors need to be mindful of.

(31:16) - How Chris' outlook on cybersecurity, online safety, and privacy has changed during the past year.

(36:53) - How technology departments can balance cybersecurity and accessibility to learning resources in school classrooms.