In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Neal Richardson, the Director of Technology at Hillsboro-Deering School District in New Hampshire. Jake and Neal talk about cybersecurity and student safety in K-12 schools, and how the two areas have increasingly converged in the past year. Neal shares more about Hillsboro-Deering School District’s transition into remote learning last year (02:46); Neal discusses how his role has changed since the start of the pandemic (05:39); the convergence of cybersecurity and student safety in schools (06:27); the places Neal typically sees student safety risks (09:07); the common cloud applications containing safety risks (12:17); the role of K-12 IT teams in student safety monitoring (19:18); the impact of video conferencing and cloud-based learning management systems (20:16); the data privacy aspect of student safety monitoring (23:58); educating teachers and administrators on cybersecurity and safety (27:13); how remote and hybrid learning has changed Neal’s thinking on cybersecurity (29:48). Resources Neal uses to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in K-12: Black Hills Information Security, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Security Weekly. 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 Rory Peacock, the Deputy Executive Director of Technology at Education Service Center Region 11 in Texas. Jake and Rory discuss what the transition into remote learning was like at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, for ESC Region 11 and the school districts the organization supports (03:00); the changing cybersecurity landscape in K-12 (09:27); the increasing focus in data privacy at ESC Region 11 (13:29); the importance of monitoring the data created, shared, and stored in the cloud (14:54); how cloud application security compliments content filtering & campus safety management in K-12 schools (18:00); how Rory’s perspective on cybersecurity in schools changed (21:00). Resources Rory uses to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in K-12: CoSN (Consortium of School Networking), Twitter, his professional network, and industry conferences. Learn more about ESC Region 11 https://www.esc11.net/. 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 Kevin Nolten, the Director of Academic Outreach at CYBER.ORG, a cybersecurity workforce development organization that targets K-12 students with cyber career awareness, curricular resources, and teacher professional development. Jake and Kevin discuss CYBER.ORG’s previous survey on the state of K-12 cybersecurity education (02:00); the inequality of cybersecurity education access among school districts (05:06); how to increase the adoption of cybersecurity curriculum nationwide (10:15); the importance of teaching cyber skills to students, as early as kindergarten (13:24); how remote and hybrid learning has changed how cybersecurity is taught to students (16:21); educating students on cyber safety (18:27); what’s ahead in 2021 from CYBER.ORG (19:30). Learn more about CYBER.ORG https://cyber.org/. 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 Tim Miles, the Director of Technology at Steamboat Springs School District, and a ManagedMethods customer. Jake and Tim discuss looking beyond content filters for cybersecurity and safety in schools, and explore how these tools play an important role in securing remote learning environments and how cloud security works with both to ensure districts are better protected. Tim shares a bit about content filters and cloud security tools working together in remote learning environments (10:48); laptop shortages and how that impacts school districts using both managed and unmanaged devices (13:00); the role content filters play in remote learning environments, when most activity is outside of school (14:25); what IT teams need to be aware of when it comes to third-party applications (19:05); how remote and hybrid learning changed Tim’s thinking about cybersecurity (21:10). Resources Tim uses to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in K-12: Education Week and his peers in the K-12 IT sector. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods https://managedmethods.com/ Watch the Beyond the Content Filter on-demand webinar with Tim Miles https://get.managedmethods.com/k12-content-filter-webinar-recording-q120

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Russell Lindenschmidt, a ManagedMethods customer. Russell is the Director of Technology at Burlington School District in Colorado. Jake and Russell discuss how important the K-12 IT department’s role is in ensuring a district remains compliant with laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal level. Russell also shares more about the “holy trinity” of data privacy laws in K-12 education: FERPA, COPPA, and CIPA. Russell gives us a look at Burlington School District’s move into remote & hybrid learning (01:59); how his day-to-day role has changed this year (06:29); the three main data privacy laws in K-12 education (08:03); other laws school districts need to be mindful of (10:27); monitoring for incidents that put the safety of students and staff at risk (18:22); how remote & hybrid learning has changed his thinking on cybersecurity in K-12 schools (19:56). Resources Russell uses to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in K-12: Reddit, CALET (Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology), Slashdot, InnEdCO, Krebs on Security, EdTech Magazine. 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 Diana Gill. Diana is the Director of Technology at East Porter County School Corporation in Indiana, and a ManagedMethods customer. Jake and Diana discuss the safety risks inside the K-12 cloud, talk about student data privacy as IT teams monitor for these risks, and how IT leaders can balance the two to better protect students and staff in remote learning environments. Diana shares more on East Porter County School Corporation’s shift into remote & hybrid learning in the spring of 2020 (02:26); how her role has changed as a result (04:34); cybersecurity priorities in remote learning (06:05); the risky behavior students & staff may be conducting inside the cloud apps used in schools (07:43); how remote learning has impacted student safety in schools (11:44); how video conferencing platforms create new pain points (13:12); the bridge between IT departments and school counselors (14:28); how her perspective on cybersecurity has changed due to remote & hybrid learning (15:45). Resources Diana uses to stay up-to-date on the latest trends: Twitter and ISTE. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods https://www.managedmethods.com/

On the first episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Greg Hogan. Greg is the Network and Data Security Coordinator at Bibb County Schools in Georgia, and a ManagedMethods customer. The conversation takes a look back at the year 2020, how cybersecurity has changed in K12 schools, and speculates a bit on what lies ahead for K12 cybersecurity in the year 2021. Greg shares more on Bibb County’s shift into remote & hybrid learning (02:34); how his role specifically has changed since the shift to remote & hybrid learning (04:23); the increase in safety monitoring online (07:49); how the K12 IT sector has responded to the events of 2020 (09:04); new pain points in K12 IT (11:06); the type of publicly-disclosed incidents in 2020 and how they’ve changed (12:44); what new strategies his team has implemented that other districts should consider (14:39); how Greg sees IT becoming more integrated in student safety (17:59); what 2021 holds in terms of the types of incidents K12 schools face (23:12); how remote & hybrid learning has changed his thinking on cybersecurity in K12 schools (26:00). Resources Greg uses to stay up-to-date on latest trends: BleepingComputer, CyberWire Daily, Reddit, The Old Reader, Techmeme Ride Home. Share us your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Watch The State of K12 Cybersecurity & Student Data Privacy: Trends, Lessons Learned and Planning for the 2020/21 School Year on-demand webinar https://get.managedmethods.com/webinar-recording/state-of-k12-cybersecurity-2020 Learn more about ManagedMethods https://www.managedmethods.com/