The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is committed and dedicated to protecting the security of confidential and personal information of the agency, its staff, and students, teachers and administrators in public schools throughout the state. KDE provides information and technical assistance to help staff at the state and local levels implement best practices in their use and management of confidential information. For data security guidelines and resources, see below and the For more information section to the right.
Data security guidelines and resources
- Security Best Practices - This document establishes a standard security guideline for Kentucky K-12 school districts.
- District Planning Guide for Disaster Recovery (v2.1) - This planning guide is a high-level checklist intended to assist Kentucky's public schools create effective disaster recovery plans.
- Internet of Things/Smart Devices in KETS - This guide provides an overview of the risks associated with Internet of Things devices or systems and recommendations to minimize risk.
- The Trusted Learning Environment Seal - Developed by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) seal defines many characteristics of a secure learning environment and provides a way for school districts to demonstrate the efforts they take to protect student data. These characteristics cover leadership, the business and technology offices, the classroom and professional development. These characteristics will be added to the Data Security and Breach Notification Best Practice Guide at its next update.
See the Data Breach Best Practice Guidelines webpage for legal requirements and recommendations for actions prior to and following a suspected or confirmed data breach.