Embedding Cybersecurity Into K-12 Culture
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In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by David Mendez, an Information Security Lead at Region 10 Education Service Center in Texas. Jake and David discuss how K-12 school districts can better embed cybersecurity into their culture to improve their cybersecurity posture. David discusses how his role has changed as an Information Security Lead and a Technical Project Manager at Region 10 (05:38); the importance of culture when it comes to cybersecurity in schools and why cybersecurity isn't talked about as much in K-12 (09:00); how the reoccurring cybersecurity incidents over the past two years has impacted cybersecurity culture in school districts (12:37); David's advice on how a district technology director can embed cybersecurity into their culture (18:59); what school districts as a whole can be doing to improve cybersecurity practices in their schools (23:53); David's thoughts on staffing for cybersecurity to make sure it's as effective as can be (31:14); how the 2020 school year changed David's thinking on cybersecurity, student safety, and data privacy (36:53). Resources David uses to stay up to date on the latest news and trends: The Slack channel 'Building Security People', Reddit's k12sysadmin subreddit, Twitter, Black Hills Information Security, and hands-on training from industry organizations offering it. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/

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