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ManagedMethods Receives 2020 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award

ManagedMethods Wins 2020 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Awards TMC Net

BOULDER, Colo.—September 22, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety and compliance platform for K-12 school districts, announced today that the company has been named a 2020 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award winner by TMC for the second consecutive year.

“We’re proud to once again be recognized by Cloud Computing Magazine as a winner in the Cloud Computing Security Excellence Awards,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “Our team has worked hard this year to bring new cloud security features to K-12 school districts and this award is a testament to what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

The Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing Magazine, recognizes companies in two distinct categories—Cloud Security & Cloud-Delivered Security— that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market.

ManagedMethods’s award win comes on the heels of the company launching its Google Meet & Chat monitoring and reporting features for K-12 school districts. The new features, coupled with the same cybersecurity and student safety monitoring found in other G Suite apps, help protect students and staff in hybrid learning environments in the aftermath of COVID-19.

“Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC and Cloud Computing magazine are proud to announce ManagedMethods as a recipient of the Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO at TMC. “ManagedMethods is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation and excellence to this crucial market segment.”

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ManagedMethods Partners With CDW to Bring K-12 Cybersecurity & Safety to Schools

ManagedMethods Partners With CDW

BOULDER, Colo.—September 16, 2020—ManagedMethods, the leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, has formed a reseller partnership with CDW. With CDW, ManagedMethods gains access to a trusted partner and a greater network of K-12 school districts to further increase the company’s footprint in the education market.

“We’re excited to partner with CDW to help K-12 school districts nationwide in their effort to strengthen their cybersecurity tech stack,” said David Waugh, Chief Revenue Officer at ManagedMethods. “As school districts seek emerging technology solutions in their ongoing transition to remote and hybrid learning, CDW is a name IT leaders know and trust to get the solutions they need. We’re thrilled that ManagedMethods is a solution that helps CDW strengthen its cloud security offerings and we look forward to the partnership.”

CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers. CDW offerings range from hardware and software to IT solutions such as security, cloud, data center and networking. For K-12 school districts transitioning into remote and hybrid learning environments, CDW helps create a remote learning strategy that ensures equity of access for students and keeps teacher lesson plans on track.

ManagedMethods monitors district G Suite and Microsoft 365 email, file sharing, chat, and video apps 24/7/365 and empowers district IT admins with full visibility and control of their cloud environment. With ManagedMethods as a trusted technology partner, CDW’s K-12 education customers can better stay ahead of the latest security trends with more visibility and control of their G Suite and Microsoft 365 environments. Together, ManagedMethods and CDW are helping to support K-12 school districts in their transition to the cloud, and keep students and staff protected throughout the process.

“Partnering with CDW is a big milestone for ManagedMethods and greatly advances our mission to make securing sensitive information stored in the cloud easy and affordable for K-12 school districts,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “CDW’s K-12 education customers are increasingly shifting to the use of cloud applications, and we’re proud to be a partner helping CDW fill the security and safety risks school districts face in the cloud.”

To learn more about ManagedMethods, the company’s reseller partners and its reseller program helping K-12 school districts with their cloud security needs, please visit the ManagedMethods reseller page.

About CDW

CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. A Fortune 500 company and member of the S&P 500 Index, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs over 10,000 coworkers. For the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2020, the company generated net sales over $18 billion. For more information about CDW, please visit CDW.com.

eLearning Inside | K-12 Hybrid Learning and Why District IT Teams Must Take a Cloud-First Approach

by ManagedMethods CEO Charlie Sander, for eLearning Inside

When K-12 schools closed their buildings at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, IT departments’ cybersecurity plans were flipped inside out.

Districts went from monitoring student, teacher, and staff account activity on school networks to flying blind as that activity dispersed across private networks and cloud applications. IT teams are tasked with the challenge of protecting against threats while school data is accessed from anywhere at any time.

Cybersecurity isn’t the only challenge due to school buildings being closed—students may have less supervision to keep them safe from cyber safety incidents. These incidents include cyberbullying, self-harm, threats of violence, racial and LGBTQ discrimination, domestic abuse, and more that occur within popular cloud applications used by schools today.

This fall, when the 2020-21 academic year begins, districts must be ready to monitor their cloud environments more closely, as most student and staff activity will take place in these applications. And when that activity picks back up, district IT admins will face different and more advanced cybersecurity threats than what they experienced previously.

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ManagedMethods Recognized by CRN® on the 2020 Emerging Vendors List

ManagedMethods 2020 CRN Emerging Vendors ListBOULDER, Colo.—July 20, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform for K-12 school districts announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named ManagedMethods to its 2020 Emerging Vendors list in the Security category. This annual list honors new, rising technology suppliers that exhibit great promise in shaping the future success of the channel with their dedication to innovation.

ManagedMethods was chosen by CRN due to its ability to help school districts secure sensitive student and staff data within G Suite and Microsoft 365 applications using AI-powered threat protection. The platform also monitors for student safety signals, including cyberbullying, self-harm, racial and LGBTQ discrimination, threats of violence, and domestic abuse in both text and image content.

“K-12 districts are going to operate much differently in the fall as they move to either a hybrid or remote learning environment, which means schools will rely a lot more on cloud technology,” said David Waugh, Chief Revenue Officer of ManagedMethods. “We’re proud that CRN has recognized us as an emerging security vendor helping K-12 solution providers, and ultimately school districts, protect students and teachers in their new learning environments.”

CRN’s Emerging Vendors list—selected by CRN’s editorial team—recognizes pioneering technology suppliers in the IT channel that are driving innovation and growth. The list serves as a valuable resource for solution providers in search of groundbreaking technologies and best-in-class offerings that are elevating businesses.

“CRN’s 2020 Emerging Vendors list recognizes vendors that are revolutionizing the IT channel with innovative solutions that meet the complex demands of our industry,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “It honors inspirational new vendors that are driving channel growth with state-of-the-art technologies that will continue to shape the channel into the future.”

To learn more about ManagedMethods, the company’s cybersecurity, student safety and compliance platform, and its reseller program, please visit the ManagedMethods reseller page.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end-users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.

ManagedMethods a Winner in the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence Program for Second Consecutive Year

ManagedMethods 2020 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence program winnerBOULDER, Colo.—July 14, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform for K-12 school districts, today announced the company has been named a winner in the Enterprise Solution category of the 2020 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence program. This marks the second year in a row that ManagedMethods has been selected as a winner by Tech & Learning.

“It’s an honor to have ManagedMethods recognized by Tech & Learning for the second consecutive year as a leading enterprise solution for K-12 school districts,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer of ManagedMethods. “K-12 education will look different this fall and will rely more on cloud technology. We look forward to continuing our mission of protecting students and staff when using cloud applications, especially as districts shift to new hybrid learning environments.”

Since the start of the transition toward remote learning—and now hybrid learning in the fall—districts have looked to ManagedMethods to protect their G Suite and Microsoft 365 environments not only from cybersecurity risks and threats to student safety, but also violations of student data privacy laws. ManagedMethods recognition comes on the heels of the company announcing its new Google Meet & Chat monitoring and reporting features to protect K-12 school districts in remote environments.

For more information on ManagedMethods’ award-winning G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform, please visit ManagedMethods.com.

About Tech & Learning

Since 1980, Tech & Learning has been the only edtech resource to offer a truly integrated platform of content for K-12 leaders. Tech & Learning’s publications, websites, e-newsletters, and online and in-person events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to education leaders who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology, and its extensive marketing services division provides partners with unique, targeted, and highly valued products.

ManagedMethods Named “Best Overall IT Solution for the Education Market” For Second Consecutive Year in Annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards Program

ManagedMethods Named Best Overall IT Solution for Education Market 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Awards WinnerBOULDER, Colo.—June 24, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, today announced the company has been named “Best Overall IT Solution for the Education Market” in the 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Awards. EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, has selected ManagedMethods as the winner for the second consecutive year.

“K-12 school districts are in a rapid shift to remote learning environments, which means protecting students and staff in the cloud is more critical now than ever,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer of ManagedMethods. “ManagedMethods is proud to again be recognized by EdTech Breakthrough as a leading security product helping district IT staff protect sensitive data and keep students safe when using G Suite and Microsoft 365.”

Throughout the transition toward remote learning, districts look to ManagedMethods to protect their G Suite and Microsoft 365 environments not only from cybersecurity risks and student safety signals, but also from student data privacy violations. ManagedMethods helps districts comply with strict privacy laws, including FERPA, COPPA, CIPA, and more to ensure student data is kept secure and private.

“ManagedMethods is an all-in-one platform that really stands out in the EdTech space, helping the K-12 education industry significantly improve cybersecurity, student safety, and data privacy issues,” said James Johnson, Managing Director of EdTech Breakthrough. “We are pleased to recognize them for the second consecutive year with our ‘Best Overall IT Solution for the Education Market’ award.”

The mission of the EdTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work, and success in a range of educational technology categories, including Student Engagement, School Administration, Adaptive Learning, STEM Education, e-Learning, Career Preparation and more. This year’s program attracted more than 1,750 nominations from over 15 countries throughout the world.

To learn more about ManagedMethods’ award-winning G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform, visit ManagedMethods.com.

About EdTech Breakthrough

Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the EdTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in educational technology products, companies and people. The EdTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough educational technology in categories including e-learning, student engagement, school administration, career preparation, language learning, STEM and more. For more information, visit EdTechBreakthrough.com.

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ManagedMethods Named a Finalist in Two Categories of The EdTech Awards 2020

ManagedMethods Finalist 2020 EdTech Awards Cool Tool Trendsetter Security SolutionBOULDER, Colo.—May 13, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, today announced it has been named a finalist in two categories of The EdTech Awards 2020 by EdTech Digest. ManagedMethods is recognized as a finalist in the Security Solution category of The EdTech Cool Tool Awards and in the Product or Service Setting a Trend Category of The EdTech Trendsetter Awards.

“K-12 school districts are increasingly adopting G Suite and Microsoft 365 applications, especially as remote learning takes center stage. The demand to secure these apps will continue growing as districts realize the need to do so,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer of ManagedMethods. “We’re proud to be recognized by EdTech Digest as a leading security product that is setting a trend in K-12 education.

ManagedMethods protects more than 1 million student and staff accounts at more than 650 schools worldwide. Today, districts face new cybersecurity and student safety challenges due to current circumstances. ManagedMethods is the leading platform that helps district IT teams tackle the emerging needs of a new remote learning environment.

“The EdTech Awards salutes all those on the front lines of help, with an extraordinary shift to online learning. Acknowledging the innovators, leaders, and trendsetters—particularly in our field—is more important than ever,” said Victor Rivero, Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest. “A very big congratulations goes to the finalists and winners of The EdTech Awards 2020.”

The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. This recognition from EdTech Digest comes on the heels of ManagedMethods announcing its new Google Meet & Chat monitoring features, which schools are relying on for remote learning and communication.

For more information on ManagedMethods and its award-winning G Suite cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform, please visit ManagedMethods.com.

About EdTech Digest

Our mission is to tell the story of the 21st-century education transformation. By sharing cool tools, fascinating interviews, relevant trends and voices from the field, we hope to inspire learners and leaders everywhere, to get workable technology solutions for education widely known and well thought of, to reshape the education culture and to create a new and better future for students. For more information, please visit EdTechDigest.com.

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ManagedMethods Launches Google Meet & Chat Monitoring and Reporting to Protect K-12 School Districts From Remote Learning Cybersecurity & Student Safety Risks

ManagedMethods Launches Google Meet & Chat Monitoring Reporting K-12 Cybersecurity and Student Safety PlatformBOULDER, Colo.—May 5, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, today announced the addition of Google Meet and Chat monitoring and reporting to its platform. District IT teams face new security, safety, and compliance challenges due to increased remote learning and video conferencing in the classroom. ManagedMethods now gives districts full visibility and control into the activity taking place within Google Meet and Chat to address the unique challenges and needs that come with dispersed students and staff.

“The current circumstances due to COVID-19 have rapidly transformed K-12 education, and brought with it new cybersecurity and student safety challenges. Schools are relying on Google Meet for video conferencing and Google Chat for communications,” said Charlie Sander, CEO of ManagedMethods. “Our new Google Meet and Chat monitoring functionality will give IT teams more insight into school meetings to better protect sensitive data, secure remote learning, keep meetings private and students safe.”

New remote learning environments have revealed the limited visibility and control districts previously had over cloud-based file sharing, email, and video conferencing to protect against student safety threats. Districts rely on ManagedMethods to protect their G Suite environments not only from cybersecurity risks, including phishing and malware, data loss, and account takeovers, but also to monitor for student safety signals. These safety concerns include cyberbullying, self-harm, threats of violence, discrimination, and domestic abuse that are found in text and image content.

Now, K-12 IT teams have one, easy-to-use platform where they can quickly identify these issues in their G Suite for Education environment, including Google Meet and Chat. ManagedMethods empowers IT administrators at schools to analyze:

  • Meet Activity: Who attended a meeting, when each attendee joined and how long they were in a meeting, where they joined from, the device used, if screen sharing was enabled by an attendee, and for how long.
  • Participants by Organizational Unit: Which meetings included a teacher or staff member, and which ones did not.
  • Meeting Participants from Outside Domains: All meetings that included an attendee from outside the school domain.
  • Analysis: Easily export Google Meet and Chat data to help build customized reports for analysis and support from district administrators.
  • Compliance: Identify student safety, data security, and privacy compliance issues happening in Chat that may violate FERPA, COPPA, and CIPA standards.

Districts are still responsible for complying with student data privacy regulations, including FERPA, COPPA, and CIPA when conducting remote learning. To do so, IT teams are challenged to secure video meetings from unauthorized access by a non-organizational account – including a parent or guardian account – while all school activity takes place outside the network perimeter.

With ManagedMethods, risks across G Suite for Education, now including Google Meet and Chat, are inside one dashboard. IT teams can easily monitor and audit student safety signals, student data privacy risks, and cybersecurity threats in one, easy-to-use platform. From any location, on any device.

“We consistently heard from our customers who have made the transition to remote learning that Google Meet and Chat use has rapidly increased, and they needed a tool to give them visibility and control into the activity taking place there,” said David Waugh, Chief Revenue Officer of ManagedMethods. “We’re proud to now offer current and future customers the same cybersecurity and student safety monitoring in Meet and Chat that they have for the entire G Suite. Protecting our customers, and their students and staff, is our top priority and these new features will help us achieve that mission.”

ManagedMethods will be hosting a webinar on May 14 at 11:30 a.m. MDT to demonstrate its Google Meet and Chat monitoring and reporting capabilities for school districts. To learn more, please visit the ManagedMethods Google Meet & Chat Demo Webinar registration page.Monitoring Google Meet Chat Webinar - CTA XXL

ManagedMethods and K12 Technology Solutions Partner to Bring Cybersecurity & Student Safety Monitoring to K-12 School Districts

ManagedMethods Partners With K12 Technology Solutions Cybersecurity Student Safety MonitoringBOULDER, Colo.—April 29, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, has formed a partnership with K12 Technology Solutions, a provider of effective and value-focused technology solutions for the education market. Together, ManagedMethods and K12 Technology Solutions will work to solve the emerging challenges education technology leaders throughout the United States face today.

“K-12 schools are in need of cybersecurity support now more than ever as the amount of sensitive data created and stored in cloud applications rapidly increases,” said Charlie Sander, CEO of ManagedMethods. “Districts are becoming more aware of the need to secure their Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 environments. We look forward to our partnership with K12 Technology Solutions to help schools be better protected and keep student data private.”

The use of EdTech applications has increased significantly in K-12 school districts as a result of increased remote learning. However, the increase in use comes with an increase in security risks faced by district IT staff to protect against. ManagedMethods monitors district G Suite and Microsoft 365, including cloud-based email applications 24/7/365, and provides award-winning cloud security that empowers districts with full visibility and control of the data being stored.

Partnering with K12 Technology Solutions gives ManagedMethods access to a team with over 30 years of experience working in education, and a large network of education and technical professionals. K12 Technology Solutions provides services to help students, teachers and staff continue to be successful. With ManagedMethods, districts will have a solution to help address the convergence of cybersecurity and student safety, and be better protected in the cloud.

For more information on ManagedMethods, the company’s cybersecurity and student safety platform, and its reseller partnerships, please visit ManagedMethods reseller page.

About K12 Technology Solutions

K12 Technology Solutions is a provider of technology services for the education market. This includes cybersecurity, network, data, and cloud services, along with professional services. With over 30 years of success and experience working in education, K12 Technology Solutions works with school districts to solve the challenges facing education technology leaders by focusing on proper planning and obtaining the right technology solutions to be successful.

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ManagedMethods Partners With Five Star Technology Solutions to Add Cybersecurity & Student Safety Monitoring to Five Star’s K-12 Education Services Portfolio

ManagedMethods Partners With Five Start Technology Solutions Cybersecurity & SafetyBOULDER, Colo.—April 22, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, announced its new partnership with Five Star Technology Solutions. Five Star Technology Solutions specializes in professional development, managed services, VoIP, and software solutions for K-12 schools. Together, both companies will work with districts that are seeking comprehensive and affordable security solutions to give IT teams visibility and control over the data stored in Google G Suite and Microsoft 365.

“We’re excited to partner with Five Star to bring cybersecurity and student safety monitoring to its K-12 clients,” said Charlie Sander, CEO of ManagedMethods. “Especially now, as more school district data is being created and stored in the cloud. With Five Star we’re better positioned to fulfill our mission of securing the sensitive information of students and staff as districts continue to adopt remote learning tools. We look forward to seeing what we can accomplish alongside Five Star.”

The rise of remote learning in K-12 school districts has created new vulnerabilities and threats, and districts must evolve their cybersecurity stack to protect students and staff. The traditionally separate areas of cybersecurity and student safety have converged, and are more connected now that districts are operating entirely remote.

Today, ManagedMethods protects over 1 million student and staff accounts across over 650 schools worldwide. Five Star’s clients can now access this cybersecurity and student safety solution built specifically for K-12 education.

For more information on ManagedMethods, the reseller program, and the company’s award-winning cybersecurity and student safety platform, visit ManagedMethods reseller page.

About Five Star Technology Solutions

Five-Star Technology Solutions helps schools reduce costs, and achieve measurable results, with a proven portfolio of services and software solutions specifically created for K-12 education. Five-Star Technology Solutions brings the highest five-star service and support directly to you as your full service technology solutions provider. Our goal is simple – live up to the company name.

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