Over the past two years, K-12 schools across the nation have been subject to an unprecedented number of cyberattacks, the majority of which resulted in the exposure of sensitive student and employee data and the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet research shows that most school administrators are largely unfamiliar with the scope of the problem and how it is likely impacting their schools right now. Most public schools, nationwide, are lacking in even the most basic cybersecurity protections.
From malware and ransomware to phishing and other common methods, these increasingly-common cyber-attacks can leave the personal data of students and employees vulnerable, resulting in significant financial loss to schools that are already dealing with budget-related issues, and attracting intense media scrutiny and criticism of school cybersecurity policies and practices.
Please join nationally-recognized school law attorney Erin D. Gilsbach, who has extensive experience addressing K-12 educational technology issues with schools and school-related organizations nationwide, as she identifies the current cybersecurity trends and risks that schools face, emphasizes the need for all district and building-level administrators to have a comprehensive understanding of the issue, and provides practical solutions to this impending crisis.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- What are the latest trends in cyber-attacks against schools?
- What makes schools vulnerable to cyber-attacks?
- What are the legal, financial, and practical issues involved with cybersecurity attacks?
- What do educators, administrators, and IT personnel need to know to help prevent cybersecurity issues?
- What steps should schools take to ensure legally-defensible cybersecurity practices?
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “The Rise in K-12 Cybersecurity Issues: Why It Matters and How to Prepare” is Erin Gilsbach. Ms. Gilsbach is a practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp. She is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics. She currently serves as the president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association and is a member of the board of directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). Ms. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as professional development in areas of special education, school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and many other trending school law topics. Prior to attending law school, she taught high school English. Prior to entering private practice, she served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years and is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, the national Education Law Association (ELA), PSBA, the LRP Institute, the National Business Institute (NBI), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), and a number of other legal and educational organizations. She is currently writing a book for LRP publications on school health services that is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019.
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