Wednesday, February 14
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Measuring the Impact: Evaluating Cybersecurity Effectiveness Using the New Cybersecurity Rubric for Education Based on National Standards

Cybersecurity attacks on schools are increasing alarmingly, putting schools under immense pressure to protect student data and ensure learning isn’t interrupted. Existing cybersecurity standards are complex, costly, and not designed for Education. Recognizing this challenge, a team of innovative education organizations and K-12 leaders formed the Cybersecurity Coalition for Education and developed tools for school system leaders. 

Using the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), learn about the new cybersecurity tools available for Education to measure cybersecurity effectiveness! Discover details about the rubric designed to measure cybersecurity effectiveness in school systems by gauging cybersecurity practice maturity levels against the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Then, uncover how to use the results from the assessment to lay out a strategy for improvement. Hear about the cybersecurity evaluator certification program and free innovative training resources. 

This workshop will provide school leaders with immediate support by taking the first step toward a more secure school environment. Your journey to a more cyber-secure school system begins here!

Attendees will implement their cyber-investigation skills by closely examining each cybersecurity domain-category maturity level rating and supporting evidence using the new framework. Just like measuring academic performance improvement using an A-F grading system, this systematic method of continuous improvement for cybersecurity safety is a surefire way school systems will improve!

Be prepared to embark on this journey as you leave this session with a complete understanding of how to measure K-12 cybersecurity effectiveness using the new cybersecurity education framework and rubric explicitly designed for education. Key takeaways include the culmination of the Cybersecurity Coalition’s work for the past two years.

CCRE Cert 1. Access the Certified Cybersecurity Rubric Evaluator (CCRE) program to start obtaining your certification today!

2. Learn how to use the cybersecurity rubric to conduct a self-assessment.

3. Utilize the NIST-informed education-focused cybersecurity evaluation rubric and evaluate practices based on a maturity level using a scale of 1-5: Initial, Repeatable, Defined, Managed, or Optimized.

4. Assign maturity levels for cybersecurity practices based on the supporting evidence.

5. Develop a cybersecurity evaluation report based on evaluation findings.

Wednesday, February 14
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Pete Just

Pete Just, CETL, CCRE Serves as the Executive Director of the Indiana CTO Council. He retired in 2022 as CTO & COO MSD of Wayne after 24 years leading their IT and Facilities efforts. Starting out as a teacher, he began using technology to expand learning and has been deep in digital innovation ever since. He received his MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and has served as adjunct faculty there. Pete was elected to the CoSN National Board in 2014 and served as national CoSN Board chair and completed his board service in 2023. He is founding Chair of the Indiana Chief Technology Officer’s Council and has chaired the Indiana DOE K12 Cyber Security Task Force since 2018. Pete’s numerous IT security presentations at the state and national level help technology leaders be empowered with the cyber security knowledge and resources to lead proactively in their own school systems. For the past year, he has also served as CoSN’s SME on Artificial Intelligence. Believing technology can enhance learning and opportunity Pete’s passion is in giving all students and staff the chance to fulfill their God–given potential.

Pete Just
Anu Jokinen

Anu Jokinen

As the Senior Director of Instructional Technology, Anu supports districts across the western United States helping them to implement the best in technology solutions and practices. A veteran of the education technology space and a current ISTE Certified Educator, Anu has been serving school districts around the country for nearly 15 years. Previously, Anu managed product lines in Math and Assessment for Renaissance, where she was instrumental in aligning new solutions specifically to school district needs. In her six years at ClassLink, her success has been driven by consistently sharpening her ability to hear the voice of her customers and identify their unique needs. She has led and participated in technology forums and presented at numerous education technology conferences across the country.