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What does cybersecurity education look like for today’s young students? And why is it critical?

E-School News – Heather Ricciuto

“Now more than ever, our digital culture has shaped both what is taught at schools and how it is taught. While educators are challenged to keep up with the speed of this change, the rise of digitization has also created immense opportunities for educators and students alike. Cybersecurity—a term that was not a household phrase 10 years ago—is now a topic that has permeated nearly every industry. As a result, educators must teach young students to not only stay safe online, but to also understand the roles needed to help strengthen the fight against cybercrime.”(more)

The top 5 cybersecurity threats for schools

E-School News – Earl D. Lang

“You’d be hard-pressed today to find a school that doesn’t consider safety a high priority. We go to great lengths to keep those inside school walls safe, running drills and spreading awareness in case of threat. There’s one kind of threat schools often overlook when it comes to safety, however, and that’s cyber attack. Cybersecurity isn’t a new concern by any means—it’s just one that’s taken many schools quite a long time to develop a safety plan. With recent ransomware attacks like WannaCry and Petya, the potential theft and leakage of data, particularly confidential information, should be on the minds of all school leaders.”(more)

It’s time to address cybersecurity education, say policymakers

Education Dive – Shalina Chatlani

“Though technology has grown in ubiquity throughout college classrooms, the workforce is still seeing a shortage of graduates who actually have the technical expertise necessary to maintain and secure these networked tools. The gap — with the potential economic and security ramifications — has got policymakers, as well as players in the cybersecurity industry, looking toward higher education officials and asking, “How do we fix this?” .”(more)

These Social Media Apps Are Causing Trouble In Schools

The Huffington Post – Staff Writer

“How certain apps become popular with kids is a bit of a mystery. The best ones mix all the stuff tweens and teens love ― gossiping, hanging out, clowning around, and meeting other kids ― with an X factor that makes them go viral. Once an app gains critical mass (like, when every kid in school is on it), that’s when the real fun begins. But that’s where things can go wrong, too.”(more)

How 1 Nonprofit Is Trying to Get Kids Excited About Computer Science & Closing Cybersecurity Skills Gap

The 74 Million – Tim Newcomb

“The business world has worked to make Americans aware of the need for STEM-educated students to meet rising demands on the nation’s workforce. But there’s another mounting issue at stake: national security. Both the U.S. government and major corporations have a dire need for additional computer science experts capable of staving off cyberattacks. And a recent global survey of 19,000 information security experts suggests this lack of skilled workers is about to get a whole lot worse.”(more)

Hackers, beware! Girl Scouts to offer cybersecurity badges

USA Today – Carolyn McAtee Cerbin

“Need a cybersecurity expert? Never fear, qualified Girl Scouts are here. Or at least they will be. Girl Scouts of the USA and Palo Alto Networks has announced a collaboration to introduce a series of 18 cybersecurity badges for girls K-12. The badges, which will help Scouts explore opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) while building leadership skills, will be available to earn beginning in September 2018. Badges, of course, are the insignia Girl Scouts — now 1.8 million strong — display on their tunics, vests and sashes.”(more)