In 2017 the General Assembly, recognizing the need for attention to cybersecurity in schools, set aside funds funds to improve the cybersecurity position of Indiana schools. Improving the cybersecurity of K-12 education will be an effort that is multi-faceted and will require efforts on multiple fronts. Activities funded in this initiative will have both broad impact, affecting the awareness and professional capacity of educators in every district, as well as a deeper impact that will provide funds to support districts in establishing managed security services that include active monitoring, threat detection and hunting, and remediation and response .
Pages linked to the right (and below) will provide additional info about the various pieces of IDOE’s Educational Cybersecurity Initiative:
Managed Security Services Grant: Matching grants up to $25,000 will help districts contract with a provider of cybersecurity managed services. Application open until June 15, 2018.
Cybersecurity Task Force: Established in collaboration with the Indiana CTO Council, this group will serve a consultative role, coordinating cybersecurity learning opportunities to ensure continuity and a common direction for the state. Application open through May 31, 2018.
Cybersecurity for Staff: Through our state contract with MediaPro, six districts are piloting a service which provides a phishing platform and educational portal which will be available more broadly for the 2018-19 school year.
Cybersecurity for Students: To encourage student interest in cybersecurity and related careers, this piece sponsors districts implementing PLTW’s “Beta Release” Cybersecurity course for the 2018-19 school year.
Resource Hub: This will be a space where we will collaborate with EdTech leaders to curate a library of the best educational cybersecurity resources.