Cyber Threat Response Team
No school district should feel alone when facing a cyber attack.
Arkansas' P-12 Cyber Threat Response Team represents a collaborative effort among Arkansas Cooperative Technology Coordinators, Arkansas Team Digital, and the Arkansas Division of Information Systems (DIS). The Cyber Threat Response Team is a small group of IT professionals who are willing and ready to provide onsite support, at no cost to the district, whenever an Arkansas school district is faced with a cyber threat. Information collected through the P-12 Cyber Threat Response Team will only be used to inform and protect Arkansas school districts.
Report a Cyber Incident
During the 2021 Regular Session, the Arkansas General Assembly enacted Act 260, which requires a public entity, or contractual provider of a public entity, to disclose in writing an initial report of the known facts of a security incident to the Legislative Auditor within five (5) business days after learning of the incident. Additionally, the public entity shall provide regular updates regarding the status of the incident. A report, update, notification, or list created or maintained under this law is exempt from FOIA as a security function under Ark. Code Ann. §25-19-105(b)(11).
If a cyber incident has occurred in your district, please visit https://www.arklegaudit.gov for further instructions.
What are the team's goals?
- Ensure districts know they are not alone when faced with a cyber threat.
- Increase communication between districts, co-ops, DESE, and DIS when a district is under attack.
- Build our internal capacity in handling and responding to cyber threats through hands-on experience.
When should a school district communicate a cyber threat?
School districts should communicate with their DIS Field Technician or Co-op Technology Coordinator any time they are experiencing a cyber attack (regardless if onsite support is needed). It is important that we all communicate to better protect one another.
How can a school district activate onsite support?
Any school district facing a cyber threat can activate the Cyber Threat Response Team by contacting their local DIS Field Technician or Co-op Technology Coordinator. Upon request, the Cyber Threat Response Team will send our Cyber Threat First Responders to help isolate the incident, assess the situation, recover network/data/systems when possible, and implement prevention strategies.
- Allen Dunn
- Evan Patrick
- Nathan Cline
- Shashank Avvaru
- Alan Floyd
- Leon Brown
* Team members named here are those that chose to make their information public
For more information, please contact:
Evan Patrick, Technology Coordinator
Director of Arkansas' Cyber Threat Response Team
Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative
Alan Floyd, Technology Coordinator
Associate Director of Arkansas' Cyber Threat Response Team
Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative