Mendon-Upton Regional School District Named Recipient of 2023 Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant
MENDON — Superintendent Maureen Cohen is pleased to announce that the Mendon-Upton Regional School District has been named a recipient in the 2023 Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program.
The Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program, offered by the state EOTSS Office of Municipal and School Technology, supports the efforts of municipalities and school districts to improve overall cybersecurity posture.
Awards were announced on Friday, Feb. 9.
Program participants begin their training with an initial cyber strength assessment to measure baseline cybersecurity awareness. Following the assessments, periodic assessments consisting of training modules and simulated phishing email campaigns help participants build good cyber hygiene habits to increase their awareness of deceptive techniques used by bad actors to gain unauthorized access to government systems. At the end of the program, participants complete a final cyber strength assessment to measure their progress.
"Our district could face a cyberthreat at any time, so this training is vital to making sure our staff remains up to date with best practices and keeps us digitally secure,” Superintendent Cohen said. “Thank you to the Office of Municipal and School Technology for providing this opportunity.”
Overall, the 2023 program will provide over 57,000 employees from 177 municipalities and public school districts across the Commonwealth with critical cybersecurity training.
“Our administration is committed to providing communities across Massachusetts with the resources they need to defend their technology against potential cyber threats,” said Gov. Maura Healey. “We are thrilled to see municipal leaders from across the Commonwealth prioritize cybersecurity by providing this vital training to their employees. Our administration will continue to advocate for resources to further support our partners in municipal government to meet the needs of the constituents they serve.”
For more on the Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program, visit: https://www.mass.gov/municipal-cybersecurity-awareness-grant-program.