The K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021, Co-Sponsored by Senator Rosen, Was Signed Into Law Last Week
LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), visited Southwest Career and Technical Academy to tour the school’s computer science lab, learn about its cybersecurity efforts, meet with students and educators, and discuss the Rosen-backed bipartisan K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021, which was signed into law last week.
“Schools in Nevada and across the country increasingly are targets for cyberattacks, risking the personal information of students, faculty, and staff,” said Senator Rosen. “The K-12 Cybersecurity Act, which I co-sponsored, will help protect Clark County schools against cyber threats and provide better tools and resources to combat these kinds of attacks. I was glad to meet with students and educators at Southwest Career and Technical Academy to learn about their computer lab and talk about the importance of cybersecurity for our schools.”
BACKGROUND: The Senate passed the K–12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021 in August, and Senator Rosen joined the White House signing ceremony last week. The bill will direct the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to complete a study of cybersecurity risks to schools. This legislative action follows a ransomware attack targeted against Nevada’s Clark County School District, the fifth-largest school district in the United States.