Teachers can no longer download any app they want and use it the same day—every piece of instructional technology must be vetted for how it relates to educational goals and checked against software the school already has. More important, though, every piece of technology must adhere to the district’s student data privacy policies.
K-12 institutions are under attack, and cybersecurity is very much on the radar of district CIOs and superintendents. With the increased use of technology in schools over the last five years, cybersecurity attacks at the K-12 levels have increased significantly.
Presented by Dr. Katherine Gull, EL Program Coordinator, Frederick County Public Schools (MD); Simón Miera, Senior Partner Success Manager, TalkingPoints; and Kate Pechacek, Senior Director of Partner Success, TalkingPoints
Due to pandemic-driven increases in school districts’ purchases of devices and software, there’s now a need to develop cohesive systems in which data can be transferred and analyzed quickly and easily in order to improve student outcomes and district operations.
Presented by Vicki Robinson, Counselor and Social Worker, Oquirrh Elementary School (UT); and McKinley Withers, Ed.D., Health and Wellness Specialist, Jordan School District (UT)
Moderated by Jessica Altounian, Director of Marketing, Move This World
Education ranks high among industries where cyber incidents and threats occur frequently. From DDoS attacks to ransomware to malware encounters, school districts are at increased risk for harmful and costly security breaches that wreak havoc on systems and programs across departments.
Presented by Lenny Schad, Chief Information & Innovation Officer, District Administration; Keith Weisman, Senior Director and Engineer, SentinelOne; Rob Eidson, Security Product Manager, ENA; John Butler, Director, Cyber/E&O Industry Leader, CNA Finance; and Paul Caiazzo, Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President, Avertium
Moderated by Dr. Tom Ryan, Co-Founder, K-12 Strategic Technology Advisory Group (K12STAG)
As highlighted in the EmpowerED Superintendent Toolkit, there are three essential focus points of smart IT decision making: total cost of ownership (TCO), student outcomes and budgeting management, and the value of the investment. In “Leadership Strategies for Scaling, Sustaining, and Budgeting for Education Technology Innovations,” three education leaders discuss critical strategic technology planning and investments implemented in their districts to scale and sustain long-term innovation effectively.
Presented by Lesley Bruinton, Executive Vice President, Nichols Strategies, LLC
Even before the pandemic, schools increasingly depended on technology for instruction and building operations. With that came an increased threat to cybersecurity.