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A New Year's security resolution you can keep

2016 was a doozy of a year when it came to Internet security! Whether it was home security cameras bringing down the Internet, announcements that over 1 billion user accounts and information was stolen, or the fact that Russian hackers were able to disrupt our Presidential Elections; 2017 is set to be one heck of a year. 

Transitioning into the New Year we are often introspective on changes we would like to make; we resolve to work out more, spend more time with love ones or take moments to treat ourselves.  As we discuss the things we resolve to do in 2017, here is a change you can make today to secure and protect you and your student's data. 

Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

Often times the large data breaches experienced by companies and organizations are the result of a compromised account. A careless click or a targeted attack on an employee results in the theft of the user's password giving hackers/criminals access to our documents and email.

One way to combat this theft, is to enable 2FA on our district Google account, this feature completely renders this type of attack useless. It does this by combining two factors of authentication, What We Know (usernames and passwords) and What We Have (phones and tablets). 

2FA works by sending your mobile device a code (either within an app, or through your text messages) to ensure you are who you say you are. This means if a hacker/criminal steals your username and password they would also need access or possession of your phone to complete the attempt. Think of it as a safety net for your personal/work data. 

Make the commitment to secure your data and identity! You can setup 2FA on your District Google account today simply by going to the following site and click Get Started. 

https://www.google.com/landing/2step/

More information about how to secure your accounts and protect your data can be located on our District IT Security Page. Thank you for taking the time to read this email, and if you get a moment, feel free to email me any questions or concerns you have with security. Let's work together to make 2017 a safe and secure year for DCSD. 

Please visit https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/itsc/security for more information about how to protect your personal and District assets.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to provide reliable and efficient technology systems within DCSD.

 

January 9, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Information Technology

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

Superintendent Search text based logo

Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.