The Sioux Falls School District is updating their policies to better protect against data breaches. (Photo: FotoMaximum, Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Sioux Falls School District is looking to take a proactive approach to protecting personal information and preventing data breaches with a new policy, officials announced Monday.
The policy will outline what to do if a breach occurs, and it comes after South Dakota required agencies to report a breach of personal information in 2018. The district’s school board read through the policy for the first time at Monday night’s meeting and will look at approving it at a later date.
“About every state in the nation now has some kind of data breach policy or law,” said Michael Christopherson, the district’s information technology director. “A lot of districts are looking at how they can implement it and require staff to really set that expectation of what’s required of them.”
The district hasn’t had any known data breaches, Christopherson said. The nearest incidents have been in Iowa and Montana, when the hacker group known as “Dark Overlord” stole student information from school districts and then sent parents threatening messages, he said.
“This is so new, and we really don’t have anything that addresses it,” Superintendent Brian Maher said. “Really for us, this is kind of a first deep dive into this whole technology space, but we don’t have anything on paper right now that says how we will deal with those issues.”
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