Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois. (Auburn High School)

The school districts of Rockford, Illinois and Rockingham County, North Carolina learned some very valuable lessons in transparency and communication, timely incident response, access management, data redundancy and disaster recovery after each experienced a debilitating malware attack years ago.

Information security leaders at these two districts shared their war stories last week at the K-12 Cybersecurity Leadership Symposium, hosted by the K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX) – the first-ever ISAC specifically created with local school districts in mind.

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