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CISA Steps Into School Security

The agency is hosting an inaugural summit to examine cyber and physical security for the nation’s schools.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director Jen Easterly speaks at CISA Headquarters in Arlington, VA in August 2021 when she took over as leader of the agency. CISA is moving into the examination of school cyber and physical safety, through a new summit in November. Credit: CISA Photo by Benjamin Applebaum

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director Jen Easterly speaks at CISA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, in August 2021 when she took over as leader of the agency. CISA is moving into the examination of school cyber and physical safety, through a new summit in November. Credit: CISA Photo by Benjamin Applebaum

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced on October 18 that it will hold a new virtual event to discuss the cyber and physical threats to U.S. schools. The effort, called the National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security, will bring together experts from across the United States to identify research, resources and recommendations for protecting kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools. CISA will host it virtually between November 1-3, 2022.

“The summit is designed to drive holistic and actionable recommendations that enhance safe and supportive learning environments in K-12 schools,” the agency said in a statement. “The event will feature three days of panel discussions, interviews, and keynote addresses from government, industry, and community leaders and experts with firsthand experience in school safety. Speakers and participants will share best practices, guidance, research, and resources on school safety topics such as violence prevention, cybersecurity and online safety, and physical security.”

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Jennifer Easterly, CISA Director
I’m thrilled that CISA is hosting the National Summit on K-12 School Safety for a critical dialogue on how to confront the array of school safety threats vexing our nation. Now, more than ever, we need to strengthen partnerships across our communities and ensure that life-saving information gets in the hands of those working across the classrooms of our nation. Every child in this nation deserves to be safe at school.
Jen Easterly
Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

According to the agency, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, CISA Director Jen Easterly, and Tony Montalto, president of Stand with Parkland and father of Gina Montalto, a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in 2018, will present keynote remarks.

“I’m thrilled that CISA is hosting the National Summit on K-12 School Safety for a critical dialogue on how to confront the array of school safety threats vexing our nation,” Easterly said in the statement. “Now, more than ever, we need to strengthen partnerships across our communities and ensure that life-saving information gets in the hands of those working across the classrooms of our nation. Every child in this nation deserves to be safe at school.”

The event is open to any interested stakeholder in school safety or security­ and there is no cost to attend. Registration is available at 2022 National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security.

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