SANS Security Awareness Training (SAT)

TAPD is launching a new cybersecurity awareness training program using the SANS cybersecurity awareness curriculum. The newly curated content will be delivered via the Canvas LMS and is available at no cost to California school districts. Additionally, TAPD has partnered with the San Diego County Office of Education to offer its phishing program, Red Herring, to all program participants. Sign up for the new SANS Security Awareness Training (SAT) here.

TAPD Academy

Wired Networking: This course is designed to help professionals in PK-12 educational environments learn the essentials and expand on existing knowledge to understand Wired Networking including Network Fundamentals, WAN and LAN Topologies, Quality of Service, Security for Wired Networks, Diagnostic Tools and Proactive Strategies

Procurement Practices:  This course addresses the fundamentals of technology procurement, including the requirements and legal aspects of technology procurement; when formal bidding is required; contract code details for formal, informal and non-bidding procurement; and the knowledge to avoid bid-splitting.

Cybersecurity:  This course will grow your knowledge of best practices in network security, protection of student and staff data, and implementation of a Cybersecurity Framework. Engage with K-12 professionals as you listen in on podcast conversations that inform, enlighten and inspire improved district and school security. Your growth is supported by having access to G-Portfolios of other students to support the development of your own responses to class assignments.

​Wireless Network Management: This course was developed by Technical Assistance and Professional Development (TAPD) initiative at K12 High-Speed Networks (K12 HSN).  This course was designed for professionals who are responsible for designing, maintaining, and optimizing a wireless network in a K12 environment.  This course will provide a foundation of radiofrequency fundamentals and wireless standards to help you develop the knowledge and skills to assist you in providing a reliable and efficient wireless network.

Do you want to enroll? Click the link below to sign up.​

Please click here to get started! 

Network Diagnostic Tools

Take advantage of our K-12 Network Monitoring System (K12NMS)! 

K12NMS is a free network monitoring and diagnostic tool available to all California K-12 districts!  This tool allows network managers to closely monitor internal networks and diagnose network issues.  In addition, it features a reporting dashboard that allows you to monitor the status of your network. 

​To gain access to this no-cost tool, complete this form.

​​Nessus Network Vulnerability Scanning Tool

Nessus scans external facing IP's and identifies network vulnerabilities and configuration issues that hackers could use to exploit your network. Nessus provides a full report of the scan and suggests ways to resolve any found vulnerabilities. Nessus is available at no cost to all California K-12 school districts.

​To gain access to this no-cost tool, complete this form.


Program Background

AB104 was included in the 2015-16 California budget bill and appropriated one-time funds for professional development and technical assistance within K-12 schools.  K12HSN was selected to help organize this important work in a way that leverages existing resources and partners. The Technical Assistance and Professional Development (TAPD) program, as you will find in the Budget Bill Language, highlights the importance of IT support and network management for schools and districts.

Domains of Focus


Design, implementation, management and maintenance of local area and wide area networks through wired and wireless connections.


Proactive protection of data privacy, student information systems and core services from theft, damage and disruption through hardware,
software and the Internet.


The acquisition of services, products and contracts, including through subsidy programs such as E-rate (Federal) and CTF (California).

Diagnostic Tools

Active monitoring and diagnostic tools aimed at helping technologists manage, maintain and protect their systems and evaluate usage, bottlenecks and threats.

The plan to deliver statewide support to school districts and county offices of education in their efforts to manage the networks essential to effective operations will consist of a number of different services being delivered by the K-12 High Speed Network and a number of its partners. The issues to be addressed cannot be defined as one single problem and indeed, the solutions require that each agency accessing service from the program be able to get what they need. It is not possible to design an effective program using a "cookie cutter" plan or with the idea that one size fits all.

Please visit the TAPD Website for more information: www.k12tapd.org.

Contact Us
Questions related to the TAPD program may be directed to the K-12 High Speed Network.

Phone: (760) 312-6158
Email: tapd@k12hsn.org