Hastings Public Schools Increase cybersecurity
HASTINGS, Neb. (Nebraska) – Within days of a cyber threat at Thayer Central, a local school district is choosing to be proactive in stopping cyber threats. Hastings Public Schools are revamping cyber security. Those in the school system will need to double authenticate before they can access the system.
HPS has already started the process but said the review could take up to a year to complete. It’s all to help prevent anyone from accessing sensitive information and avoid an accident that hits close to home.
“It’s just been the uptick, and you hear stories all the time, different entities being hacked,” said HPS Superintendent Jeff Schneider. “School districts are being held hostage. I think there was CHI Health, which was held hostage here a couple of months ago. So just more and more such incidents.
Schneider said that upgrading their cybersecurity system was also a requirement from their insurance provider. He also said that taking these steps will reduce the chance of any information being compromised.
“I don’t think there’s anything that’s 100 percent, but it’s going to reduce the risk that we’re dealing with someone who has our student information system or a business information system,” Schneider said.
Schneider said that while nothing is perfect, this preventative measure is a good start. Cybersecurity updates will reduce the threat of any information being stolen.
“It will reduce those changes. Nothing is perfect,” Schneider said. “It also increases the likelihood that we will have good insurance coverage if we ever experience something like this. So these are the important things.
Schneider said the main thing is to make sure everyone’s information connected to HPS is safe and secure.
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