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NCDPI K-12 Cybersecurity Webinar Series

The NCDPI K-12 Cybersecurity Webinar Series was created to provide monthly webinars of specialized content to PSUs across the state. Each month will focus on a different topic, which will be led by various subject matter experts.

The K-12 Cybersecurity Webinar Series was founded and funded by NCDPI in an effort to provide relevant information to PSUs across North Carolina


Our expert presenters will guide you through a variety of topics related to cybersecurity, including cybersecurity awareness, best practices for password management, understanding common threats and attacks, and strategies for ensuring data privacy.  Whether you’re an IT professional or a concerned parent, our webinars will provide you with the tools you need to keep yourself and your community secure.

By attending our Cybersecurity Webinar Series, you’ll learn how to:

  • Protect your PSU’s network from cyber attacks
  • Train staff and students to identify potential threats
  • Maintain data privacy and comply with regulations
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity trends and best practices

2023-2024 School Year Webinar Schedule

DateTopic and DescriptionWebinar Resources
Oct 18, 2023,
3pm
KnowBe4 – It’s Personal: Developing Good Cybersecurity Hygiene to
Stay Safe Online
Join KnowBe4 in a discussion around best practices for staying safe online, maintaining strong passwords, email red flags to be aware of, and how to encourage faculty, staff, and students to do the same.
Available upon request
Nov 14, 2023, 9amMCNC Firewall Service Update
MCNC’s Security Team will provide a brief service overview of their Managed Firewall service available at no cost to all PSUs. This overview will include highlighting a few new features that are available now or coming soon. In addition, the team will take a deep dive into the upcoming firewall hardening exercise to be completed by all PSUs currently enrolled in the service in the coming months. The goal for the firewall hardening exercise is to optimize the firewall policy so PSUs can receive the most benefit from the PaloAlto NextGen Firewall capabilities and have an improved overall security posture. Join us to learn about how to get on the schedule to complete this valuable and mandatory exercise.
Webinar Recording
Dec 13, 2023, 10amCyber Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM)
The foundations of cybersecurity are built on preserving the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of organizational assets. Organizations have a vast amount of assets they must track, monitor, and protect. Any asset can act as a potential entry point for unauthorized individuals seeking to breach the system, either to extract data or initiate other cyber attacks. Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM) is a technological approach specifically aimed at providing a unified view of digital assets for key stakeholders across an organization through API integrations combined with active and passive scanning. Leveraging CAASM tools can help PSUs identify outdated software and misconfigurations, enabling continuous monitoring, vulnerability analysis, targeted threat mitigation, and improved cyber resilience. This webinar will outline the general principles of CAASM and showcase how the NCDPI and its partners have deployed CAASM solutions as part of the overall K-12 Cybersecurity Program to protect educational assets across North Carolina.
Webinar Recording

Slides
Jan 17, 2024, 10amSecurity Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)
Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) is a framework used in cybersecurity to standardize the way security-related information is expressed and exchanged. It was developed to help organizations automate the assessment, monitoring, and reporting of security configurations and vulnerabilities in computer systems. SCAP-enabled tools and systems use these standardized components to automate security tasks such as vulnerability scanning, configuration assessment, and compliance monitoring. By implementing SCAP, organizations can enhance their cybersecurity posture by identifying and mitigating security risks more effectively and efficiently. This session out outlined the key components of SCAP including Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), Common Configuration Enumeration (CCE), Common Platform Enumeration (CPE), and
Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).
Webinar Recording

Slides
Feb 20, 2024, 1pmMCNC Attack Surface Monitoring
Join MCNC’s Security Team as they provide an overview of their new service, Attack Surface Monitoring (formerly EdgeGuard)
Webinar Recording

Slides
Mar 27, 2024, 1pmMCNC Managed Firewall Service – Panorama Training
Join MCNC’s Security Team as they provide Panorama training for PSUs utilizing MCNC’s Managed Firewall service.
Webinar Recording

Slides
Apr 10, 2024
1pm
Crowdstrike Threat Update
Hear from CrowdStrike’s Threat Intelligence experts as they share important lessons and recommendations K-12 Security and IT teams need to know in 2024
Available upon request.
May 29, 2024 1pmEOY Management and Planning for your KnowBe4 Console
Join Amir Lawrence from the Friday Institute as he goes over a series of best practices and techniques for preparing your KnowBe4 Console for the next school year
Register Here
This is a tentative schedule. All dates are subject to change. Adequate communications will be sent out when this change occurs. Cybersecurity webinar session materials and recordings can be requested at k12cybersecteam@dpi.nc.gov.