Over 100 Groton-Dunstable staff worked towards completing the Cybersecurity Awareness Program during the last several months, administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Technology Services and Security.
Following a competitive application review process, Groton-Dunstable was identified for inclusion in the grant program, which provided training materials to help implement cybersecurity best practices and attain a minimum cybersecurity baseline to protect digital assets and information against cyberattack threats.
The training materials were designed to support public schools and local governments in improving overall cybersecurity posture through end-user training, evaluation, and phishing threat simulation. Each staff member who completed the cybersecurity training modules was awarded seven professional development points (PDPs) for their educator licensure. The district is looking into another round of grant-funded cybersecurity training for the 2022-2023 school year.