The K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021 Was Signed into Law
Learning Disrupted — Cyberattacks in Schools
The first ever federal legislation addressing cyber threats in schools was launched quietly last month — and, while it’s a good first step, more legislation will undoubtedly follow. On October 8th, 2021, President Biden signed the K-12 Cybersecurity Act into law — authorizing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to create recommendations and tools for schools to defend themselves against hackers.
The K-12 Cybersecurity Act: A Response to Increasing Risk
The K-12 Cybersecurity Act is the government’s response to the growing body of research that identifies schools as prime targets for cyberattacks. Without a doubt, data breaches and other attacks at schools are growing in both frequency and sophistication across the board. In fact, according to a recent report, they’re now the leading target for ransomware attacks. From data breaches and denial of service to online class interference and phishing attacks, schools are facing unprecedented cybersecurity threats.
The new law is simple but impactful: It authorizes CISA to study the cybersecurity risks in the K-12 system — and to make recommendations to assist schools in their response. Schools are not required to follow recommendations. They’re simply given information, including the results of the study and an online training toolkit. The first of its kind, this new law highlights the importance of supporting and regulating cybersecurity in schools.
Beyond funneling more money and support to schools — and passing additional legislation — the cybersecurity community must continue to innovate to build smarter solutions that secure our children’s education. We need tomorrow’s cybersecurity, today. This is where CodeHunter comes in.
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