PARTNERSHIP DEMONSTRATES MANAGEDMETHODS COMMITMENT TO INCREASE CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS IN PROTECTING K-12 CLOUD ENVIRONMENTS
BOULDER, Colo.—February 23, 2022—ManagedMethods, the leading Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform for education has partnered with K12 SIX, a non-profit member of the Global Resilience Federation’s network of information sharing communities. K12 SIX is a cyber threat intelligence sharing hub to aid in preventing and mitigating cyber attacks against school districts.
School districts are leading in the adoption of cloud computing with platforms such as Google Workspace, Microsoft 365, and popular video conferencing applications. Despite all the challenges in securing their cloud environments, IT teams must be credited for a valiant effort in ensuring schools remain safe and secure. Regardless of their size, technology departments need all the resources and partners available to help stay ahead of the cybersecurity curve and thwart emerging threats.
“Cloud computing is creating new types of cyber threats toward school district data and student information,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “Over the past couple of years, they have become prime targets and have consistently fallen victim to cyberattacks. By partnering with K12 SIX, we hope to help IT teams and leaders better understand the need for cloud security and access resources they need to make schools a safer place for everyone.”
A recent ManagedMethods report found that over 90% of district administrator respondents currently operate in the cloud using Google Workspace and/or Microsoft 365. However, half of the respondents either do not have a security system protecting their cloud data or do not know if one has been implemented. This indicates that many school districts are under-protected against cyberattacks specifically targeting sensitive and valuable data stored in the cloud.
Through this partnership, ManagedMethods will support K12 SIX in sharing cloud security information with school district members. This collaboration will help educate district administrators and technology leaders about the cyber threats existing in the cloud, the security gaps the cloud creates, and best practices for filling those gaps.
“School districts maintain millions of confidential records on current and former students and staff — records that threat actors find valuable in funding their criminal operations. Given the rapid increase in school cybersecurity incidents in recent years, it is imperative that districts take immediate steps to protect the sensitive information held in the cloud-based IT systems they manage,” said Doug Levin, national director of K12 SIX. Partnerships, like this one with ManagedMethods, help us achieve the shared mission of uplifting the cybersecurity risk management practices of all school districts.”
About K12 SIX
Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX) is a cyber threat intelligence sharing hub for school districts, to aid in preventing and mitigating cyber-attacks. This non-profit member community is a cost-effective forum for crowdsourcing security information among a vetted, trusted group of professionals with a common interest, using common technology and with supporting, independent analysis from the K12 SIX security staff. Visit www.k12six.org to learn more. K12 SIX is a member of the Global Resilience Federation multi-sector network of information-sharing communities.
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