In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by Kevin Nolten, the Director of Academic Outreach at CYBER.ORG, for another episode. Jake and Kevin discuss CYBER.ORG’s newly launched K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards and how teachers, school districts, state departments of education, and more can better incorporate cybersecurity education into their curriculum. Kevin talks about the importance of having cybersecurity learning standards in place for K-12 education (02:58); the organizations CYBER.ORG partnered with to develop these standards (06:54); when educators and organizations can start to implement these learning standards and what that process looks like (10:17); the core concepts of CYBER.ORG’s K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards (14:55); how these concepts can be implemented into the classroom and school courses (19:40); how the changing cybersecurity trends shape the development of the learning standards moving forward (22:50); how these standards can be used by teachers, school districts, state departments of education, and more (24:16); what’s next from CYBER.ORG to be on the lookout for (27:49). Learn more about CYBER.ORG at https://cyber.org/. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Jon Wiederspan, a Network Operations Manager at Northshore School District in Washington state. Jon gives an inside look at the ransomware attack against Northshore School District back in October 2019, and shares more about the recovery process and what the early warning signs are that district IT teams need to be aware of. Jon discusses how his role has changed since March 2020 and the start of the 2020 school year (04:16); the lessons Jon and his team learned during the 2020 school year (05:53); the ransomware incident that Northshore School District experienced in October 2019 (08:15); the unexpected issues experienced during the incident (12:27); how Jon and his team went about informing district leadership at the start (15:13); the list of priorities that needed to come up first during the recovery process (16:49); the experience working with cyber insurance and government agencies (18:55); key changes Northshore School District has made to help protect against potential future incidents (25:05); what IT teams can be doing to catch ransomware and the warning signs as early as possible (30:11); how the ransomware incident and the past year in K-12 education changed Jon’s thinking on cybersecurity (34:08). Resources Jon uses to stay up to date on the latest news and trends: The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), FBI Newsletters, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX). Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Adam Feind, a Customer Solutions Architect at Red River—a ManagedMethods partner. Jake and Adam discuss the challenges K-12 school districts face when dealing with ransomware and explore the cybersecurity needs of schools heading into the 2021-22 school year. Adam shares more about the challenges and successes for Red River this past year (04:47); how Adam’s role changed (07:53); the biggest needs of school districts looking ahead to the 2021 school year (09:10); the biggest challenges Adam anticipates for school districts in hybrid environments (11:45); the struggles school districts face when addressing ransomware (14:53); what school districts can be doing to be better protected against ransomware (19:19); how Adam’s thoughts on cybersecurity, student safety, and data privacy have changed in the past 18 months (21:53); what Adam is hearing around the growing cloud layer in school districts (24:36). Learn more about Red River at https://redriver.com/ and its Access EDU solution https://redriver.com/access-edu and its Security solution at https://redriver.com/security. Share your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined again by Greg Hogan, the Network & Data Security Coordinator at Bibb County School District in Georgia. Jake and Greg discuss the recent GAMEIS 2021 conference, organized by the Georgia Association of Managers of Educational Information Systems. Greg discusses the cybersecurity initiatives he and his team are working on this summer to get ready for the 2021 school year. Greg shares about how the 2020 school year ended for Bibb County (00:56); device cleanup over the summer (02:07); summer initiatives taken on based on lessons learned during the 2020 school year (03:28); the GAMEIS conference and what it entails for Georgia K-12 IT leaders (04:30); the themes of GAMEIS 2021 (06:28); the on-premises and cloud-based cybersecurity initiatives at Bibb County (07:24); notable presentation sessions at GAMEIS (08:57); major cybersecurity trends on Greg’s radar for the 2021 school year (10:48); what K-12 IT teams can be doing this summer to prepare for the upcoming school year (12:05); how to make new cybersecurity strategies in K-12 stick moving forward (13:30); Greg’s advice for K-12 IT leaders as the 2021 school year approaches (16:47). Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Eileen Belastock, the Director of Technology and Information at Nauset Public Schools in Massachusetts. Jake and Eileen discuss what social and emotional learning (SEL) entails, how district IT teams can better implement it into classroom curriculum, and what Eileen is expecting during the first couple months of the 2021 school year. Eileen shares more about the past year of remote and blended learning for Nauset Public Schools (02:14); the biggest changes Eileen had to make (04:45); how the technology director role has been impacted (10:52); the changes that will stay through the 2021 school year and beyond (13:48); what social and emotional learning is and why it’s so important in schools today (15:41); how tech plays into the development of SEL (18:57); what tech directors do to bring SEL into the classroom (24:01); what SEL for teachers looks like (26:03); how the past year has changed Eileen’s thinking on cybersecurity, safety, and SEL (28:49); the strategies that district technology teams will keep into the school year and beyond (30:24). Resources Eileen uses to stay up to date on the latest news and trends: vendor partners and their research, CoSN, ISTE, Twitter, and in-person conferences. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Michael Townsend, the Director of Technology at Tuscaloosa County School Systems in Alabama. Jake and Michael discuss the recent Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC) and Michael shares what he’s focused on, in regards to the future of K-12 cybersecurity in Alabama schools. Michael shares what the 2020-21 school year was like for Tuscaloosa County School System (05:14); how Michael saw online activity change during remote and blended learning (09:17); how Michael’s role has changed and how he expects it to continue changing (10:54); Michael provides an overview of AETC and recaps the 2021 event (13:58); Michael shares about the Alabama Leaders in Educational Technology (ALET) conference (19:28); Michael discusses the need for a growing cloud focus by technology departments in Alabama school districts (20:23); how the past year has changed Michael’s thinking toward cybersecurity in school districts (22:05). Resources Michael uses to stay up to date on the latest news and trends: industry data provided by vendors, news headlines, EdTech conferences. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Kevin Hogan, Editor-at-Large at eSchool News and Host of EdTech Today. Jake and Kevin discuss the changing technology environment in schools, the topics the education media should be paying attention to, and what’s next for K-12 cybersecurity. Kevin shares how he’s seen the technology landscape in education change over the past year (03:12); how cloud-based platforms has impacted the classroom and technology departments (07:08); what the biggest challenges are for districts in 1:1 learning environments (10:42); the topics for education media to be covering moving forward (13:20); if K-12 cybersecurity will revert back to more of the pre-pandemic practices (19:07) or continue to adapt a data-centric approach (21:36); the student well-being focus from technology departments in schools and how it’s changed (24:09); how the past year has changed Kevin’s thinking on technology and cybersecurity in schools (26:35). Find Kevin’s EdTech Today podcast at marketscale.com/shows/edtech-today/ and his Innovation in Education podcast with eSchool News at eschoolnews.com/podcast/. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com.

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Vince Humes, the Director of Innovative Technology Solutions at Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 in Pennsylvania. Jake and Vince discuss how K-12 IT leaders can protect school district data within the rapidly growing cloud layer in schools. Vince talks about how the past year has been for Northwest Tri-County IU5 (02:20); the challenges in transitioning into remote learning (03:23); how the service requests school districts Northwest Tri-County IU5 serves has changed (05:37); the solutions that Vince is keeping his eye on for edtech moving forward (09:23); how all the cybersecurity layers work together to protect school districts and education service agencies (11:31); how the cloud layer in K-12 cybersecurity has changed and how it impacts Northwest Tri-County IU5 (13:34); the major concerns Vince hears from school districts regarding the cloud (15:28); the activities that may signal a potential risk in the cloud (16:49); how the past year has changed Vince’s thoughts on cybersecurity moving forward (22:04). Resources Vince uses to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends: The Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), IMS Global Learning Consortium, MS-ISAC, and education technology industry conferences. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Jim Frye, the District Technology Coordinator at Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools in Ohio. Jake and Jim discuss the recently announced storage policy for Google Workspace for Education and how to better manage cloud storage limits in schools. Jim shares how the shift between in-person and remote learning has been this school year (02:02); how his team’s responsibilities have changed (05:43); the areas of cybersecurity his team is looking at most (09:35); the upcoming storage limit changes from Google for Education (11:46); the types of files that technology teams need to watch for in their cloud storage (18:42); how to find and purge the unnecessary files in cloud storage (21:18); how remote and hybrid learning has changed Jim’s thinking on cybersecurity (23:33). Resources Jim uses to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends: The Google for Education Technical Collaborative by Amplified IT. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods https://managedmethods.com/

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Andy Lombardo, the Director of Technology at Maryville City Schools in Tennessee. Jake and Andy discuss creating policies and automating enforcement to help quarantine cyber threats, and help prevent the loss of data in school districts. Andy talks about Maryville City’s shift into remote learning (02:56); how his role has changed compared to previous years (04:42); what policies are and how Andy uses them for data loss prevention (08:36); how policies help in detecting well-constructed hacking campaigns (11:17); the way policies can be used to help in cybersecurity awareness training (14:46); school activity Andy looks for with his policies (19:33); policies Andy recommends district IT leaders to implement (24:26); how automated enforcement helps Andy and his team (26:27). Resources Andy uses to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends: Twitter, Black Hills Infosec, Darknet Diaries podcast, CISSP training books, and classes and certifications he’s working toward. Visit Andy’s blog https://edsec.org/ Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMehtods https://managedmethods.com/