Ransomware can take many forms - from “file-less” to “click-fraud” to software being deployed on a school’s network. Most recently, criminals are attacking schools by simply looking for a vulnerability on their network and deploying “ransomware as a service” from the Dark Web. We have a tendency to think that ransomware attacks are occurring in real-time; however, the truth is that attackers are often present in the network environment for months or even years before they launch their attack - waiting until the time is right (ex. back-to-school time in K-12 schools). Regardless of what form ransomware takes, it is a serious threat to schools.
As I’m sure you are aware, cybersecurity is increasingly becoming a priority for the Indiana Department of Education. In fact, technology directors are now being asked to evaluate their schools in the following areas (on their annual technology plan)...
It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of the year again - SPRING! With warmer weather in the forecast and a little over a month left until summer vacation, many administrators struggle to find time to get everything done to finish up the school year. This time crunch makes it especially hard to research ways to help their teachers reflect on the year while also inspiring them to try & learn new things over the summer. If that’s you, then you are in luck! Below are a few easy ways that my schools “WIND DOWN” and “GEAR UP” for the new school year. Enjoy!
Like most kids, my son and daughter can’t wait to get home from school on Fridays! Yes, they look forward to staying up later on Friday nights, sleeping in on Saturdays, and spending time with their family and friends on Sundays. BUT…do you want to know what my kids REALLY look forward to on Fridays? My kids bust through the door of our house every Friday afternoon and run straight for the fridge...not to grab a snack, but to hang up one thing from their week that they are the MOST PROUD of. This item can be anything - literally anything - that they feel best represents their success and growth over the course of the week. Although both of my children are A students, they rarely choose an assignment or test on which they earned an A to display. More often than not, they choose a piece of their artwork or something that they created (they call them their “inventions”) to display for all to see. Then, throughout the week, we talk about the item on the fridge and we praise each other’s work. This artifact stays up on the fridge all week...until the next Friday. We take this one step further by taking pictures of our work and sending them to our friends and family via Facebook and text messages (the grandparents love it!). Sometimes, I even post a picture of their work on Instagram!