Education Department CIO Jason Gray: Collaboration boosts cybersecurity posture

“At the Department of Education, workforce training and collaboration with other Federal agencies and academic stakeholders are helping the agency stay cybersecure, according to CIO Jason Gray.”

“’Cybersecurity is one of the core focus areas that – since I’ve been at the department – has always been there,’ Gray said during the June 22 Mission to Innovate webinar.”

“Recently, however, the department is facing new types of cyberattacks. Namely, Gray reported an uptick in SMS attacks targeting individuals with prompts to donate to charitable cause, among others. He said the department has been able to minimize the impacts of these attacks mostly through workforce education.”

“’We have basically focused a lot on educating the workforce because that’s the easiest target,’ Gray said. ‘We’ve got great tools and applications that protect and detect and defend but it’s the human error element.’”

“In addition, the agency is working closely with other government entities like the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Federal CIO to collaborate on mitigation and exchange information about threats…” Read the full article here.

Source: Training, Collaboration Boost Education’s Cyber Posture, CIO Says – By Katie Malone, June 23, 2020. MeriTalk.

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