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Add an extra layer of protection to your existing technology services. Whether you need a comprehensive cybersecurity program or training for employees and students, we have you covered. The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) offers trained and certified experts with experience in safe internet practices and secure installation of systems and networks.
How We Can Help
- Vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, and remediation services to help detect, identify, and analyze current network, server, and / or endpoint vulnerabilities and threats
- Cybersecurity framework implementation
- Setup and configuration guidance for firewalls, secure networks, and domain management
- Security policy review and recommendations (board policies, administrative regulations, internal guidelines, etc.)
- Post-incident Services: Cyber incident response and digital forensics
Get in Touch
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 858-298-2211
- View the Cybersecurity brochure
More to Explore
- Available Products and Services
- 2022 MFA Conference
- Red Herring Phishing Awareness Program
- 2023 Red Herring Conference
- Cybersecurity and JPA
- Resource Library
- Video Library
Available Products and Services
Monthly Themed Flyers and Articles
Easy-to-read, eye-catching flyers and articles that can be used each month to communicate tips about security and privacy.
Live Presentation and Demo: Data Security
A one-hour presentation which includes a real-time hacking that provides not only a powerful message on the importance of security, but does so by leveraging quick tips and interactive participation between presenters and the audience.
Live Presentation: Data Privacy
A 1.5 hour presentation on the latest (student) data privacy risks and protective measures that can be taken in an ever evolving data-driven world.
Live Presentation: Social Media Safety
A one-hour presentation which provides an overview of the risks related to the use of social media and how both children and adults can take steps to protect themselves while using the latest applications.
General and Technical
Leverage these procedure templates as a starting point towards security / privacy compliance and best practices in your school or district.
General Audience Procedures
- Bring your own device
- Clean desk
- End user phishing
- FERPA compliance
- ID and secure personally identifiable information (PII)
- Minimum access
- Mobile device
- Removable media
- Social engineering
- Social networking
- Software installation (with and without) admin rights
- Travel security
- Wireless infrastructure
- Workstation security
Technical Audience Procedures
- Acceptable use of technology
- Acceptable encryption
- Protection of computerized PII
- Wireless infrastructure
- Email use
- Virtual server security
Train-the-Trainer Program: Data Security, Hacking Demo, Data Privacy, and Social Media Safety
Cybersecurity awareness programs are a proven method to stop the threat of cyberattacks. This program provides the materials, subject matter experts, and initial hands-on preparation which enables districts to implement and maintain their own cybersecurity awareness programs.
SDCOE's CoSN Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Cohort Program
The TLE Seal Program is the only all-encompassing program addressing school system student data privacy and security. It provides system leaders the guidance needed to put effective privacy practices in place, and signal that they are taking measurable steps to assure the protection of student information.
- Cloud services
- Baseline hardening: Server and client side
- Patch management
- Security policies
- Viruses and worms
- Penetration testing
- Physical security of the data center / work environment
- Unsafe software apps
- Vulnerability scanning
2022 MFA Conference
Oct. 27 - 28, 2022
San Diego County school districts and charter schools are facing cyberattacks of increasing frequency and complexity. One of the most powerful actions an organization can do to defend their data is to research, implement, and maintain multi-factor authentication (MFA). As stewards of vast amounts of sensitive student, staff and community data, the implementation of MFA will advance our collective efforts around data security and privacy.
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), in collaboration with Nth Generation, hosted a two-day conference Oct. 27 and 28, 2022, to engage with all participating districts and to help them in advancing MFA implementation. As you all may know, cybersecurity insurance companies are making MFA a requirement for next year and now is the time to enable MFA.
All registered participants received a swag bag with a workbook, which includes a project charter, project execution plan, communication plan, and more.
Implementing MFA satisfies many of the requirements for the following Center for Internet Security controls:
- 5.2 - Use Unique Passwords
- 6.3 - Require MFA for Externally Exposed Applications
- 6.4 - Require MFA for Remote Network Access
- 6.5 - Require MFA for Administrative Access
- 14.3 - Train Workforce Members on Authentication Best Practices
Red Herring Phishing Awareness Program
Red Herring is a system that sends simulated phishing emails and tracks the actions taken by the targeted users. It was developed by the San Diego County Office of Education in order to promote cybersecurity awareness amongst their users. It also enabled the County Office to identify users who were in need of additional cybersecurity awareness training on ways to identify phishing messages.
Red Herring Features
- A full-featured phishing training and analytics platform.
- Easy to use: With minimal training, a phishing campaign can be created using the existing library of templates.
- Customizable: Users can create their own custom email and landing page templates.
- Synchronize users from Azure, Active Directory and Google G-suite.
- Fully supported by the SDCOE CyberSecurity team.
- Created for K-12, by K-12 professionals.
Phishing Awareness Videos
- Red Herring Introduction
- Red Herring Marketing Video
- Cybersecurity Phishing Awareness – Red Herring
2023 Red Herring Conference
Red Herring Conference
May 4 - 5, 2023
As an IT professional in K-12 education, the importance of your role has become increasingly evident in today's digital landscape, where cyberattacks and data breaches are a common occurrence. To stay ahead of these threats, join us at the 2023 Red Herring Conference, where you will have the opportunity to participate in interactive training, hands-on labs, and learn best practices to reduce the threat of cyber incidents.
You will also have the chance to gain valuable insights from the SDCOE Cybersecurity team and other K-12 local educational agencies as they share experiences, and real-world use cases and solutions. Additionally, you will learn about anti-phishing playbooks that can help your organization take a people-centric, behavior-based approach to incident prevention and reduction.
Join us May 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take an active role in protecting your school district, charter school, or county office from cyber incidents.
Create a Sched account
(if you don't already have one)
Sign up for a free account with your email here: https://redherring2023.sched.com/signup
Register for the Conference
Use the link in step one to complete the registration form, then click on Register Now.
Pick your preferred sessions!
For each time slot, click the desired session so a checkbox appears. In addition to all-attendee sessions you can select Padawan (beginner) or Jedi Council (experienced RH user) sessions. Or mix and match!
Complete your Profile (this is the Way)
Click Edit Profile and complete. We recommend that you enable "Make my profile & schedule public" to network with others. Click Save Settings. If desired, upload a photo (we won't share it with the empire)
SSA Nick Arico
National Security Cyber Supervisory Special Agent
Director of Information Technology
Sage Oak Charter Schools
Founder/Chief Information Security Officer
Cyber Risk Opportunities
Director of Cyber & Governance
Information Technology Systems Administrator
Los Gatos Union School District
Director of Data Processing & Network Services
Riverside County Office of Education
Dr. Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
State Board of Education (SBE)
Director of Technology, Assessment, and Accountability
Los Gatos Union School District
Chief Technology Officer
Stanislaus County Office of Education
Chief Information Officer/Assistant Superintendent
Executive Vice President/Risk Manager/Global Broker
Executive Director of Technology Infrastructure and Operations
Assistant Vice President, Cyber and E&O
Senior Manager, Integrated Apps & Systems
Director of Technology and Innovation
King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools
Career & Educational Technology Coach
Stanislaus County Office of Education
Senior Director of Cybersecurity & Digital Privacy
Cybersecurity and JPA
Cyber liability insurance protects school districts in the event of cyberattacks or data breaches. The insurance covers the costs schools could face in the wake of ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity dilemmas.
Sr. Manager, Prop & Liab Prgm
Linda Vista Campus
- SDCOE Bring Your Own Device Procedure (PDF)
- SDCOE Email Use Procedure (PDF)
- SDCOE Mobile Device Encryption Procedure (PDF)
- SDCOE Password Procedures (PDF)
- SDCOE Removable Media Procedure (PDF)
- SDCOE Virtual Machine Security Procedure (PDF)
- Template: Acceptable Encryption Standard (DOC)
- Template: Acceptable Use of Tech Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Bring Your Own Device Procedure (DOC)
- Template : Clean Desk (DOC)
- Template: Desktop Anti-Virus Procedure (DOC)
- Template: FERPA Compliance procedure (DOC)
- Template: Identifying and Securing Personally Identifiable Information V1 (CSP012) (DOC)
- Template: Minimum Access Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Mobile Device Encryption Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Email Use Procedure (DOC)
- Template: End User Phishing Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Workstation Security Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Software Installation For Non-Administrators Procedure V1 (CSP016) (DOC)
- Template: Travel Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Virtual Machine Security Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Virtual Server Security Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Wireless Infrastructure Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Wireless Infrastructure Standard (DOC)
- Template: Removable Media Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Social Engineering Avoidance Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Social Networking Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Software Installation For Administrators Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Password Procedure (DOC)
- Template: PCI-DSS Procedure (DOC)
- Template: Protection of Computerized Personal Information Procedure (DOC)
- How-To Guide: Clear Browser Cookies & Cache on Mobile Devices (PDF)
- How-To Guide: Reset Home Router Password (PDF)
- How-To Guide: How to Clear Cache (PDF)
- How-To Guide: Attach Emails As Attachments (PDF)
- How-To Guide: Clear Browser Cookies (PDF)
- Article: Mobile Device Security (PDF)
- Article: Sometimes (Free) WiFi Can be Costly (PDF)
- Article: Digital DNA and Identity Theft (PDF)
- Article: Cyberbullying and Social Media (PDF)
- Article: 10 Commandments of Password Management (PDF)
- Article: How to Protect Against Ransomware (PDF)
- Article: Social Media, Education and Data Privacy (PDF)
- Article: USB Flashdrive Security (PDF)
- Internet Scams
- Lock your Workstation
- Mobile Device Security
- Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
- Phishing, Vishing and Smishing
- Safe Browsing
- Security in the Classroom
- Social Engineering
Recorded Presentation Videos
- 2017 SDCOE Cybersecurity Awareness Summit
- 2018 SDCOE Cybersecurity Awareness Summit
- Happy Half-Hour Presentations on Periscope (No CC)
- Happy Half Hour : A Case Study in Equifax
- Happy Half Hour : Cybersecurity ARP Spoofing & Man in the Middle Attack
- Happy Half Hour : Cybersecurity Social Engineering
- Happy Half Hour : Public Key Infrastructure Encryption