10.08.21

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Help Protect K-12 School Systems from Cyber-Attacks Signed into Law

A bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rick Scott (R-FL) to enhance cybersecurity assistance to K-12 educational institutions across the country has been signed into law. Chairman Peters joined President Biden at the White House for the bill signing. Schools are responsible for securing a considerable amount of sensitive records related to their students and employees, including student grades, family records, medical histories, and employment information. The bill will help educational institutions bolster their cybersecurity protections by instructing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to examine the risks and challenges that schools face in securing their systems. Using their findings, CISA is charged with creating cybersecurity recommendations and other voluntary resources for schools to use when implementing their cybersecurity solutions. U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI-02) was the lead sponsor of the House companion bill.