Cyber Security


Our goals to assist Wisconsin educational technology leaders in understanding how to develop and implmenet successful cyber security policies and procedures. These resources have been curated for your infromation and use by Janice Mertes, WETL Board Member and WI DPI Consultant.

Resources from 2018 WI CTO Clinic:

From the Desk of a Hacker: Top 5 Ways Schools Could Stop Me…But Don’t Presentation

Definition of Cybersecurity:
Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a computing context, security includes both cybersecurity and physical security.

Ensuring cybersecurity requires coordinated efforts throughout an information system. Elements of cybersecurity include:

  • Application security
  • Information security
  • Network security
  • Disaster recovery / business continuity planning
  • Operational security
  • End-user education

Glossary of Terms

The NICCS (website of Department of Homeland Security) glossary contains key cybersecurity terms that enable clear communication and a common understanding of cybersecurity definitions (part of Homeland Security Site)

SANS Institute

Federal Resources for District to Leverage
Wisconsin Resources

It Takes A Village to Protect a Child: Why K12 Cyber Security is Everyone’s Business, by Brian Casey, Ed.D, Director of Technology, Stevens Point Area Public School District–it-takes-a-village-to-protect-a-child

Cyber Security: Are We Secure Yet?, 2017 Wisconsin Digital Summit Presentation by Bill Nash, CISO State of Wisconsin and Allen Mundt, ISO & Infrastructure Administrator Waueksha County
Are We Secure Yet v7 – Nov 27 2017


NIST Releases Version 1.1 of its Popular Cybersecurity Framework (April 2018)

WI DET Recommended Resources
Organizations that offer training, education and assistance.  Here are some of them:

CoSN Resources & Materials
CoSN’s set of fundamental resources to help school districts protect against cyberthreats and develop effective security programs.

The resources include:

  • A planning rubric providing a comprehensive set of action areas required for a complete security plan, describing what those elements might look like at basic, developing, adequate and advanced levels
  • A planning template—a structure for identifying the steps necessary to address each of the areas of the planning rubric
  • Self-assessment—a 100-point quiz for districts to assess where they are in implementing their security plan
  • An infographic outlining the importance of cybersecurity for districts, including the potential liability of district and school leaders in the event of a student data breach
  • Resource on cybersecurity insurance

Professional Learning Opportunities
Wisconsin Professional Learning Opportunities

  • Annual Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit (October of every year)
  • Marquette University (fall and spring events)

Annual Events

Social Media to Follow
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