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 SDCOE Supports School Cybersecurity Efforts

Preventing cyberattacks and protecting data is hard and important work.

One of the ways the San Diego County Office of Education's (SDCOE) Cybersecurity department is doing that work is by creating workshops and resources to help local school districts create their own cybersecurity programs.

"Cybersecurity awareness isn't a once a year thing," said Christy Johnston, project manager with SDCOE. "It should be part of a district's culture year-round."

These Cybersecurity Awareness Train the Trainer workshops will be held every three months at the SDCOE main campus. There will be three separate two-hour workshops each time, each with a different theme: data security awareness, data privacy awareness, and social media safety awareness.

The SDCOE program is free for San Diego County K-12 schools and includes everything a district or school needs to create a cybersecurity awareness program, including materials, subject-matter experts, and hand-on preparation. Participants will also get opportunities to collaborate with each other after the workshops.

It's a powerful and easy to for schools to protect important data without a big investment of money or employee time. The workshops are appropriate for technology officers, administrators, or teachers.

The next workshops will be Feb. 13, 20, and 22. Click here to register.

All workshops are from 8 to 10 a.m. at SDCOE's main campus. The 2018 schedule is below.

  • Feb. 13: Data Security Awareness
  • Feb. 20: Data Privacy Awareness
  • Feb. 22: Social Media Safety Awareness
  • May 2: Data Security Awareness
  • May 16: Data Privacy Awareness
  • May 30: Social Media Safety Awareness
  • Sept. 5: Data Security Awareness
  • Sept. 12: Data Privacy Awareness
  • Sept. 19: Social Media Safety Awareness
  • Nov. 7: Data Security Awareness
  • Nov. 14: Data Privacy Awareness
  • Nov. 28: Social Media Safety Awareness