Facilitated Online Course: Cybersecurity in K-12 Education

Wannacry. Heartbleed. Sasser. These are just some of the worldwide cyber attacks that have made it increasingly obvious to technical professionals in the K-12 education sector that the need to secure our school systems' information infrastructure is greater than ever.

This seven-week, facilitated online course will help IT staff learn the fundamentals of IT security and improve their understanding of enterprise security issues. The content is comprised of three modules – 1) Network Security, 2) Risks and Controls, and 3) Vulnerabilities and Mitigation. At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish network design elements and components
  • Describe security troubleshooting processes and the importance of risk related concepts
  • Summarize security implications of integrating system with data with third parties
  • Recognize the importance of security related awareness training and summarize risk management best practices
  • Explain types of malware, social engineering, wireless, and application attacks
  • Develop a plan of action to secure your school system's infrastructure

All classes are held at 5:00 pm Eastern Time Zone and are 60 - 90 minutes long. 9 CEA Credits toward CETL® recertification.

Course Facilitator

Steve Smith, has twenty+ years of CIO/CTO experience in both rural and urban, large and small, school districts in New England, the last ten years as CIO of Cambridge Public Schools. Recently Mr. Smith has spent a great deal of time navigating student privacy and security issues. He has represented both Maine and Massachusetts on the National Forum on Education Statistics and has contributed to Forum's Education Data Privacy, Civil Rights Data Reporting, Longitudinal Data Systems, SCED Working Group, Virtual Education, Facilities Data Management, Technology Suite, and Metadata working groups.


New! Spring 2018 Facilitated Course Syllabus
April 4, 2018
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Network Security
    • The OSI Model
    • The Basics
    • Elements of a Secure Network
      • Firewall, Proxy, Router, Switch, Load Balancer
      • Security Web Gateway, IDS & IPS, Spam Filter, VPN, Sniffer
April 11, 2018
  • Network Security (cont.)
    • Seven Domains of IT Infrastructure
    • Network Risk Types
    • Network Security Principals
    • Firewalls
    • Network Access Control
    • WiFi Security
    • Module 1 Review
      • Check for understanding
      • Reflection Questions
      • Extending your study
April 18, 2018
  • Risk & Controls
    • Basic Security Principals
    • Controls
    • Inventory Devices & Software
    • Configurations
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Admin Privileges
    • .... the rest.
April 25, 2018
  • Risk & Controls (cont.)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Integration and Privacy
  • RTO & RPO
  • Module 2 Review
    • Check for understanding
    • Reflection Questions
    • Extending your study
May 2, 2018
  • Vulnerability & Mitigation
    • Responding to Incidents
    • Securing the Human
    • The Way In
    • Social Engineering
May 9, 2018
  • Vulnerability & Mitigation
  • System Logs
  • Hardening Systems and Networks
  • Assessment and Scanners
  • The Boxes
  • Module 3 Review
    • Check for understanding
    • Reflection Questions
    • Extending your study
May 16, 2018
  • Course Review
  • Participant Action Plan Presentations



Course Pricing Member Non-Member
Educator $599 $799
Corporate $799 $999


If you are a CoSN member and have a group interested in taking a course, we are happy to work with you to make arrangements for a private facilitation. You may also be interested in our ability to customize a virtual group presentation to meet your needs. Additional consulting may be available to assist your School District in modifying their policies to comply with privacy laws and best practices. For more information please contact us.