STN EXPOs offer tips to protect transport operations from hackers

In January, the New York City Department of Education set a dubious record. The largest public school district in the United States has suffered the largest cybersecurity attack on a school system. According to Education weekthe hackers successfully targeted 820,000 records containing personal information for current and former students, which were hosted by a provider with which the District of New York has a contract.

Although this hack hit a company that tracks grades and attendance, the takeaway is that data on school buses and student transportation can be just as sensitive. The FBI and the Transportation Security Administration have been warning transportation operations for several years that they must take steps to protect student data.

Sessions scheduled for STN EXPO Indianapolis in June and STN EXPO Reno in July are intended to protect student carriers and the students and parents they serve. Representatives from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an operational component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will share information providing insight into recent school data hacks on how student transporters can help protect data, d especially since more of these are traveling to and from school buses than ever before.

CISA Protective Security Advisor Steven Broniarczyk speaks at STN EXPO Indianapolis on June 6. Meanwhile, Dr. Rick Hays, CISA Cybersecurity State Coordinator for Nevada, will speak at July 18 STN EXPO Reno.

Online registration for STN EXPO closes on May 13. Walk-in registration will be available at the Indiana Convention Center with the conference opening June 3.

Register online for STN EXPO Reno through June 24 or register at the Peppermill Resort Hotel beginning July 15.

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