GCS Named Champion of Cyber Security
For the second year, Greenville County Schools has been recognized as a National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion. As a Champion, the district is part of a prestigious group of national corporations that are leaders in online security, including IBM, Twitter, United Way, and Verizon.
“Securing the K-12 network is a great challenge due to the many different user devices and the increasing inclusion of Internet material in the classroom,” said Bill Brown, Executive Director of Education Technology Services. “We also face the challenge of finding the most cost-effective ways to guard against increasingly sophisticated cyber security threats to the K-12 network. Greenville County Schools is proud to be a Champion for cyber security by demonstrating our commitment to providing a safe and secure network environment for our students and staff.”
The GCS Information Security program focuses on security awareness and education on the topics of cyberbullying, cyberdangers, and safe technology use. Staff members last year made more than 175 presentations to emphasize safe online practices to students, parents, staff, and the surrounding community. Specific topics include safe internet use (such as privacy settings, posting your geographic location, speaking with strangers), safe device use, social networking interaction, cyber-bullying, posting of photos, and inappropriate posting.
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