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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. Chris shares how his role has changed as a technology director in a school district (06:54); any lessons learned from the past year that Chris has continued to implement at Mount Pleasant CSD (10:11); what cybersecurity maturity means and how it applies to K-12 schools (12:20); how the increased cyberattacks toward K-12 has impacted cybersecurity maturity (18:00); why smaller school districts need to assume they are as big of a target as larger districts and organizations (20:19); the types of cyber threats school districts face, especially from the students and staff internally (23:38); the direction that government and K-12 education are moving when it comes to cybersecurity (25:49); the vulnerabilities school district technology directors need to be mindful of (28:12); how Chris' outlook on cybersecurity, online safety, and privacy has changed during the past year (31:16); how technology departments can balance cybersecurity and accessibility to learning resources in school classrooms (36:53). Resources Chris uses to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends: SANS Institute (, MS-ISAC (, CISA (, Flipboard (, his local education area resource.

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