K-12 Cybersecurity Act Signed Into Law

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K-12 Cybersecurity Act Signed Into Law

Present Joe Biden signed the K-12 Cybersecurity Act into law, which lays out four objectives with the goal of strengthening the cybersecurity of the United States’ K-12 educational institutions. What do these mean for schools? 

What Is the K-12 Cybersecurity Act??

Introduced by U.S. Representative James R. Langevin (D-RI) as H.R.4691 in July, the K-12 Cybersecurity Act consists of four objectives.

The first aim is for the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to conduct a study on the cybersecurity risks confronting grades K-12 schools within 120 days of the act taking effect. As part of that study, CISA’s director will explore the challenges the education sector faces. These include securing information systems and protecting sensitive student and employee records, as well as putting cybersecurity protocols in place.

After completing the study and presenting their findings to Congress, the director will pursue the act’s second objective. CISA will publish guidelines that K-12 schools can follow to mitigate the digital risks confronting them.

Next, the director of CISA will use the survey’s findings and guidelines to develop an online training toolkit.

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