Many North Dakota Schools Don’t Have a Plan to Defend Against Cyberattacks

Within the last year and a half, a rural North Dakota school was hit by a cyber attack, all the way from North Korea.

Senate Bill 2110 was proposed to align the cybersecurity strategy for all of North Dakota, and better protect our schools in the future.

North Dakota’s Chief Information Security Officer says even though all government entities are currently protected by our state IT Department, our cybersecurity strategy does not match up across the board, including for our schools.

He says this is important because we all have common enemies and it’s best to be on the same page in protecting against them.

The Chief Information Security Officer, Sean Wiese explains, “To align that it gives us kind of the mentality of, ‘You’re only as strong as the weakest link’. And so with that, we’re going to try to raise all boats strategically. And say, ‘Alright we’re going to get to at least a minimum level where it’s going to be much harder for them to get in.'”

He says currently, all schools in the state have a different cybersecurity plan. Some have a local IT person on staff, but others have nothing.

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