Humans Are Your District’s Biggest Security Flaw – IDEAcon Recap

Updated: Jul 9

Conference Recaps — #IDEAcon #TCEA


Session: Information Security Management

Speaker: Rod Russeau, CISSP, CISM, CETL, Director of Technology and Information Services, Community High School District 99


Core Takeaways

  • Risk will always exist, it’s how to manage it.

  • Information security is broader and encompasses cybersecurity.

  • Multiple people are responsible for information security, but top leaders are accountable for what happens.

  • Information security is mainly a human problem.


Email Security Best Practices

  • Do not click on attachments or links from people you do not know.

  • Do not click on popup windows

  • Do not send sensitive information through email, such as login info, student personal information, etc.

  • See full list of best practices by District 99


Sample Phishing Email


Train staff and students to understand their role in information security.

At the end of this session, we were reminded that we should focus on "progress, not perfection" when it comes to updating our information security practices. Let's all do our best and keep improving as the internet evolves!


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