Posted: Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:45pm Updated: Wed, 03/04/2020 - 9:47am

Targeted Investment in Managed Security Services

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) understands that schools are in varying levels of progress on the cybersecurity front. However, as the sophistication of cybersecurity threats continues to increase it is clear that a managed services strategy is critical to securing the IT infrastructure in schools and protecting educational data.  Cybersecurity is not a responsibility limited to traditional business hours or school schedules. Monitoring, detecting, mitigating, and responding to cybersecurity threats require 24 x 7 attention.

A managed security services provider (MSSP) is an extension of an organization’s security operations that closes the loop of people, processes and technology, offering 24x7 security operations center support spanning network coverage, endpoints, vulnerability management, monitoring and analysis. A managed security services approach may require some sort of appliance (whether virtual or physical), endpoint agent, or logging connectors to enable active, real-time monitoring of the school network environment.

There are various organizations that can provide managed security services through a security operations center (SOC) with around the clock monitoring.  Awards in the first cycle of this grant opportunity were given to 19 schools which proposed managed SOC services from various providers. The IDOE is open to partnerships between schools and companies with proven track records and the capacity for scale in providing managed cybersecurity services. The key to applications for this grant is a school’s financial commitment  to enhancing its cybersecurity through a managed services approach rather than relying on local staff/FTEs to assume the full burden of monitoring all network traffic, detecting threats, mitigating vulnerabilities and responding to cybersecurity situations that arise.

Opportunity Overview

In 2018, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) made available a $25,000 matching grant opportunity for schools interested in improving their cybersecurity posture. There were two opportunities to apply, and the recipients from each round are listed below.

For additional questions about cybersecurity opportunities, email Jennifer Watson.

Round two recipients, awarded December 10, 2018:

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Beech Grove City Schools
Cannelton City Schools
East Allen County Schools
Greensburg Community Schools
Jennings County School Corporation
M S D Southwest Allen County Schools
Madison-Grant United School Corporation
Mt Vernon Community School Corporation
Plainfield Community School Corporation
Rush County Schools
Southeast Dubois County School Corporation

Round one recipients, awarded July 10, 2018:

Avon Community School Corporation
Carmel Clay Schools
Center Grove Community School Corporation
Elkhart Community Schools
Frontier School Corporation
Goshen Community Schools
Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Hanover Community School Corporation
Indianapolis Public Schools
Lakeland School Corporation
Lebanon Community School Corporation
M S D Lawrence Township
M S D Warren Township
Monroe County Community School Corporation
Noblesville Schools
School City of Hammond
Southern Hancock County Community School Corporation
Warsaw Community Schools
Zionsville Community Schools