The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and its Texas state affiliate chapter, The Texas K-12 CTO Council, are honored to support the work of current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams in leading all aspects of digital learning transformations.

The month of October is designated as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In keeping with the focus on cybersecurity, CoSN is pleased to offer multiple pathways for school leaders to learn how to identify, manage, and prevent cybersecurity attacks within school and school district settings.

EmpowerED Superintendent Webinar:
“Cybersecurity: Keeping Everyone Safe in Today’s Learning Environments”

The second episode of Season 3 of the EmpowerED Superintendent Webinar series airs Monday, October 12, 2020, in conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The title of the October 12 webinar, which airs at 4 p.m. CT is Cybersecurity: Keeping Everyone Safe in Today’s Learning Environments. In this edWebinar, Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent, Ithaca City School District, NY; Dr. Susan Enfield, superintendent, Highline Public Schools, WA; Dr. Chris Gaines, superintendent, Mehlville School District, MO; and Amy McLaughlin, project director, CoSN Cybersecurity Initiative, share their perspectives and experiences in dealing with the complexities of managing and assuring cybersecurity in today’s K-12 learning environments. They will examine the liability concerns that arise when schools experience network security incidents and the impact those events can have on a district’s professional reputation as well as the effects cyber-attacks have on teaching and learning. Strategies for effectively preventing, managing and communicating cybersecurity threats will be reviewed. Free registration for the October 12 webinar is available at

The complete list of free recordings of all previously broadcast EmpowerED Superintendent webinars is available at  In addition to the free access to live and recorded webinars, the EmpowerED Superintendent recorded webinars are now accessible via podcast. Learn more at

Critical Focus Areas: Issue One-Pager on Cybersecurity

The CoSN EmpowerED Superintendents webpage presents a series of “one-pagers” to guide and empower superintendents and their leadership teams in leading digital transformations. CoSN’s one-page document on The Importance of Cybersecurity defines the top five reasons why school system leaders must make cybersecurity a priority. It is available to view and download at:

CoSN Cybersecurity Initiative

For additional information and guidance, including access to a report on K-12 security risk methodology, notification about CoSN’s partnership with the Cybersecurity Collaborative and other resources, visit

If your school or district would like more information about joining CoSN or getting more involved with CoSN and/or Texas K-12 CTO Council, please contact Dr. Alice Owen, Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council at or call 855.458.9286.