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Cape Girardeau Public Schools to undergo cyber audit

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Cape Girardeau School District is one of five schools in Missouri that will have it's cyber system audited by the state.  

State Auditor Nicole Galloway is kicking off the new program this month.

The Cyber Aware School Audits will focus on identifying practices that improve the security of information schools have on students and their families.

"For every parent who has provided health records to the school nurse, authorized bank debits for a lunch plan or exchanged emails with a teacher about concerns in the classroom, there are real consequences to having that information released to individuals who might seek to profit from or exploit it," Galloway said in a news release.  "Parents deserve to know their children's schools have taken precautions to keep their children's personal information secure."  

According to the nonprofit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, in the past 10 years, more than 250 K-12 schools in the United States had a data breach.

The audits will review the school district's ability to detect a cybersecurity breach and it's planned response, student personal information accessibility and protection, technology use policies, and student and staff privacy and security awareness training.  

Cape Girardeau is in the first round of the audits along with the Boonville School District in Cooper County, Orchard Farm School District in St. Charles County, Park Hill School District in Platte County, and Waynesville School District in Pulaski County.

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