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Fund’s Cybersecurity Grant Awards $500,000 to Texas Schools for Cybersecurity Resources

Emerging cyber threats 

The TASB Risk Management Fund is always looking for innovative ways to prevent loss at Texas school districts and be at the forefront of emerging threats. That is why the Fund launched its first-ever $500,000 cybersecurity grant program in 2022. Over 200 members applied for the competitive award of up to $5,000 each. The Fund is pleased to announce it awarded 178 members with funding to improve their cybersecurity resilience.  

“The Texas Association of School Boards is a valuable resource to those of us in education in so many ways, and we especially appreciate the support this opportunity provides us in providing additional security to our technology systems,” said Lara Duhon of College of the Mainland, a 2022 grant winner.   

Behind the cybersecurity grant 

K-12 has suffered increasing numbers of cyberattacks year after year. Between 2018 and 2020, publicly disclosed cyberattacks against schools exploded by 235%. But implementing cyber-related security controls can be expensive, especially for schools and colleges because of limited resources.  

“The grant was designed to emphasize some critical preventative measures that address the specific types of threats that target our members. Additionally, it can provide some financial assistance to districts who couldn't otherwise afford these, often expensive, solutions,” Lucas Anderson, TASB RMF Privacy & Cyber Risk Consultant, said.   

During the cybersecurity grant application process, members could choose from a list of pre-selected products and services or enter their own initiative for consideration. The Fund encouraged applicants to focus on these best practices

  • Compliance with state cybersecurity regulations 
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA)   
  • Software security patches   
  • System and data backup processes  

Winners of the 2022 grant:  

Abernathy ISDEanes ISDLake Travis ISDPoth ISD 
Academy ISDEarly ISDLamar CISDProsper ISD
Adrian ISDEast Central ISDLeander ISDRalls ISD
Alpine ISD Edgewood ISD- Bexar CountyLefors ISDRankin ISD
Anthony ISDFarwell ISDLiberty Hill ISDRedwater ISD
Anton ISDFerris ISDLiberty ISDRicardo ISD
Austin ISDFollett ISDLipan ISDRichland Springs ISD 
Austwell-Tivoli ISDForestburg ISDLittle Elm ISDRiesel ISD
Bandera ISDFort Bend ISDLlano ISDRoby Consolidated ISD
Banquete ISDFort Sam Houston ISDLockhart ISDRogers ISD
Beckville ISDFranklin ISDLorena ISDRopes ISD
Beeville ISDFredericksburg ISDLorenzo ISDRosebud-Lott ISD
Bells ISDGalveston CollegeLovejoy ISDSaint Jo ISD
Boerne ISDGarland ISDLubbock-Cooper ISDSan Elizario ISD
Bosqueville ISDGilmer ISDLufkin ISDSan Isidro ISD
Buffalo ISDGoodrich ISDLyford CISDSan Marcos CISD
Bullard ISDGoose Creek CISDMalone ISDSanford-Fritch ISD
Campbell ISDGorman ISDMarion ISDSealy ISD
Carrizo Springs CISDGranger ISDMaud ISDSeguin ISD
Celina ISDGrapevine-Colleyville ISDMaypearl ISDShallowater ISD
Center Point ISDGreenwood ISDMcLean ISDSheldon ISD
Centerville ISD-Leon CountyGroesbeck ISDMeadow ISDShiner ISD
Channelview ISDHale Center ISDMelissa ISDSilverton ISD
Channing ISDHallettsville ISDMemphis ISDSlaton ISD
Chapel Hill ISD-Titus CountyHallsville ISDMeyersville ISDSmithville ISD
Charlotte ISDHarlingen ISDMiami ISDSmyer ISD
College of the Mainland FoundationHarper ISDMidway ISD - Clay CountySouth San Antonio ISD
Columbus ISDHarts Bluff ISDMidway ISD- McLennan CountySpearman ISD
Coppell ISDHawley ISDMilford ISDSpring Branch ISD
Copperas Cove ISDHays CISDMount Calm ISDStrawn ISD
Crosby ISDHedley ISDMullin ISDSudan ISD
Crosbyton CISDHigh Island ISDMunday CISDTerrell County ISD
Cushing ISDHighland Park ISD-Potter CountyNew Diana ISDTexhoma ISD
Cypress-Fairbanks ISDHutto ISDNew Waverly ISDTexline ISD
Dalhart ISDIngram ISDNewton ISDThorndale ISD
Danbury ISDIra ISDNormangee ISDThree Rivers ISD
Darrouzett ISDIrion County ISDNorth Zulch ISDWaco ISD
Del Valle ISDItaly ISDOakwood ISDWater Valley ISD
D'Hanis ISDJourdanton ISDO'Donnell ISDWebb CISD
Diboll ISDKarnes City ISDPaint Rock ISDWest ISD
Dripping Springs ISDKELTON ISDPampa ISDWestphalia ISD
Eagle Pass ISDKennard ISDPanhandle ISDWhitharral ISD

Kermit Independent School DistrictPerrin Whitt CISDWichita Falls ISD
 Kress ISDPettus ISDWildorado ISD
  Plainview ISDWimberley ISD
   Winters ISD
   Wortham ISD

Have Cybersecurity Questions?

Members with Privacy and Information Security coverage can request training and support from our Privacy and Cyber Risk Consultant Lucas Anderson at 800-482-7276, x2893 or lucas.anderson@tasb.org.

Madelin Jones
Communications Specialist for the Risk Management Fund

Madelin Jones joined the TASB Risk Management Fund in 2022, bringing more than 6 years of experience in the news industry creating daily content. Jones is a communications specialist for the risk solutions team focused on giving readers the information they want and need. At the Fund, she works with experts to write and promote content to help employers prevent loss from workplace accidents, employee illness, property damage, and cybercrime.

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