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Integrating Cybersecurity with Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) for K-12 Schools
- Amy Banks, U.S. Department of Education, Center for School Preparedness, Office of Safe Healthy Students DeShelle Cleghorn, U.S. Department of Homel Security (DHS), Industry Engagement Resilience Branch, Office of Cybersecurity Communications. The CS&C is responsible for enhancing the security, resilience, reliability of the nation’s cyber communications infrastructure.
On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), along with its Readiness and Emergency Management (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), hosted a webinar on the importance of cybersecurity and network protection at colleges and universities.
As part of the President's plan to make our schools and communities safer, the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security (DHS), and Health and Human Services created the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide). The School Guide provides K-12 schools with a recommended approach to emergency operations planning. This 1-hour webinar focused on the importance of cybersecurity and network protection at K-12 schools.
DHS provided an overview of the landscape of cyber threats facing K-12 schools, as well as DHS resources, programs, and tools to help schools maintain secure networks and prevent cyber attacks. In coordination with their federal partners and the private sector, DHS responds to cyber incidents, provides technical assistance to owners and operators of critical infrastructure, and disseminates notifications regarding current and potential security threats and vulnerabilities.
This 1 hour webinar included a live PowerPoint presentation, as well as a Question and Answer session following the presentation.