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ERIC Number: ED624663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2022-Oct
Pages: 55
Abstractor: ERIC
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Additional Federal Coordination Is Needed to Enhance K-12 Cybersecurity. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-23-105480
Hinchman, David B.
US Government Accountability Office
The COVID-19 pandemic forced schools across the nation to increase their reliance on IT to deliver educational instruction to students. This amplified the vulnerability of K-12 schools to potentially serious cyberattacks. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review cybersecurity in K-12 schools. The objectives of this report are to: (1) determine what is known about the impact of cyber incidents; and (2) determine the extent to which key federal agencies coordinate with other federal and nonfederal entities to help K-12 schools combat cyber threats. To do so, GAO analyzed publicly reported K-12 cyber incidents and related documentation. In addition, GAO identified law and federal guidance that establish roles and responsibilities for coordinating K-12 cybersecurity. GAO also interviewed officials from federal agencies and selected state-level and local-level school-related organizations on the impact of cyber incidents and level of federal cybersecurity support received.
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A