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 SDCOE to Help Districts Earn Data Security Seal

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) plans to help as many as eight local school districts become the first in the state to complete a rigorous nationwide data security program.

The Consortium for School Networking Trusted Learning Environment program provides school district leaders with the guidance they need to put effective privacy practices in place and signal to parents and the community that they are taking measurable steps to keep student information safe.

SDCOE's Cybersecurity department is organizing and supporting the cohort of local districts through the year-long program to help district leaders to reach their data security goals.

"Problems associated with cybersecurity and data privacy aren't going away," said Christy Johnston, project manager with SDCOE. "This program is a great way to be a standout school district and let the public know that you take these things seriously."

As part of the process, school districts will evaluate their data security policies and procedures and determine ways to fill any gaps.

Not only with the SDCOE Cybersecurity team support the districts who join the cohort, but it will facilitate collaboration among the districts to help each other. District leaders from elsewhere in the country who have already gone through the program will also support the cohort.

The program will kick off March 8 with a full-day workshop at SDCOE's main campus. There are plans for additional cohorts in the future.

At the conclusion of the program, participating school districts will receive a Trusted Learning Environment seal from the Consortium for School Networking, pending application approval. The cost ranges from $100 to $400, depending on the student enrollment of the school district.

The Trusted Learning Environment program was developed through the collaborative insight and work of national educational leadership organizations and school systems.

The Consortium for School Networking is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders, representing more than 13 million students in school districts across the nation.

For more information about the local cohort, fill out this online interest form.