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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

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.
 

 

The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.