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/

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski interviews Justin Feltus, a System Specialist at Bremerton School District in Washington. Jake and Justin take a closer look at the technology stack in districts and how Justin helped configure Bremerton’s to build a cost-effective cybersecurity and safety tech stack. Justin shares more about Bremerton’s shift into remote learning (02:20); how his day-to-day responsibilities as a System Specialist changed (04:24); the areas Justin and his team emphasize more during remote learning (05:53); how the technology stack at Bremerton has evolved (07:08); why the cloud is gaining momentum in K-12 (10:17); how remote learning has impacted malware, phishing, and data loss prevention (12:08); how cybersecurity training has changed among school districts (14:07); monitoring applications connecting to a cloud application environment (15:20); how remote and hybrid learning has changed Justin’s thinking on cybersecurity moving forward (17:39). Resources Justin uses to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends: ACPEnw (listserv and Discord server), Ars Technica. 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 Cody Walker, the Director of Technology at West Rusk CCISD in Texas. Jake and Cody discuss how IT teams have helped teachers manage classrooms remotely since the start of the pandemic, and how to better monitor cybersecurity and student safety risks in a blended classroom. Cody talks about West Rusk’s transition into remote learning (02:51); how Cody’s day-to-day responsibilities have changed (05:44); the challenges in Google Classroom that have emerged at the start of remote learning (06:37); challenges with attendance and making sure students are enrolled in the correct Google Classroom (10:06); the cybersecurity and student safety risks found in virtual classroom settings (11:35); advice for other district IT teams as they set up Google Classroom and other collaboration apps (15:05); how remote and hybrid learning has changed Cody’s thinking on cybersecurity (17:17). Resources Cody uses to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends: listening to his colleagues, The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, Open Threat Exchange, Education Service Centers. 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 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/