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US Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Schools Against Cyber-Threats

December 18, 2019 / Sarah Coble

A bill designed to enhance the cybersecurity of K–12 schools was introduced to the US House of Representatives on Monday.  If passed into law, the K-12 Cybersecurity Act would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a list of cybersecurity recommendations and a cybersecurity toolkit for educational institutions to use when making improvements to their cyber-protections. The bill was introduced by Senators Rick Scott and Gary Peters, who both serve on the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Peters, who also serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee, said: "Schools across the country are entrusted with safeguarding the personal data of their students and faculty, but lack many of [the] resources and information needed to adequately defend themselves against sophisticated cyber-attacks."