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This is The Closed Beta Project, the show where we talk to IT and cybersecurity experts, pioneers and influencers about how we can live and grow in the digital age.The Closed Beta Project is a Lockstep Technology Group show. www.lockstepgroup.com ali@lockstepgroup.com

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This is The Closed Beta Project, the show where we talk to IT and cybersecurity experts, pioneers and influencers about how we can live and grow in the digital age.The Closed Beta Project is a Lockstep Technology Group show. www.lockstepgroup.com ali@lockstepgroup.com

    Shelby Vecchio on what is XR and its impact on education

    Shelby Vecchio on what is XR and its impact on education

    This week I am joined by Shelby Vecchio, the XR designer at the Futurus and art director at Amebous Labs, a XR start-up here at Atlanta, GA.

    During our last episode, Curt Godwin talked about the impact of XR in the classroom but the lack of content for it to be a viable solution at the moment. So I reached out to Shelby to pick her brain as she and Futurus are content creators in the world of XR. 

    We talk about 
    AR/VRFuturus' antibullying campaign for middle schoolsCreating content for classroomsHope you enjoy this episode!

    P.S. Couple of disclaimers, Shelby mentions Hololens is rather affordable, but she wanted me to point out that it is still a bit expensive ($3500), but Microsoft also offers a subscription plan for $125/month. 

    Also, she wanted to mention that Facebook acquired Oculus few years ago so they're requiring Facebook login "to be more facebook-obvious". 

    • 26 min
    How Forsyth County Schools use technology to ensure success for their students & faculty

    How Forsyth County Schools use technology to ensure success for their students & faculty

    Hey everyone,

    This week's episode is with Tim Fleming, Director of technology services, and Curt Godwin who is the network operations coordinator at Forsyth County Schools.

    Forsyth County Schools, which are located in GA, are comprised of 40 schools and close to 51,000 students. Forsyth County Schools have long been a technology leader in K12 space. And their small IT teams, with the help of Lockstep, provide some of the best learning experiences for their students and teachers. 


    Curt and Tim discuss:
    how they prepared their schools for virtual teaching and learning during the pandemic with such a small IT team.l How they utilize IT analytics and human analytics to ensure a high graduation rate.How and why they utilize NIST as the core of their cybersecurityHow they created a culture to enable their students and teams for unforeseen.And more!Enjoy!

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    Kim Friends on E-Rate changes & new legislation, MIBS, and the future of education.

    Kim Friends on E-Rate changes & new legislation, MIBS, and the future of education.

    Hi everyone, Today's guest is Kim Friends, VP of E-Rate compliance at CSM consulting. 

    She joins me to discuss: 
    How has pandemic changes the focus for K-12 schools and librariesE-Rate changes and the new legislation in front of congressMIBSAnd how schools can take advantage of these new changes for E-Rate.www.lockstepgroup.com 

    Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com

    • 58 min
    IT analytics: Improving operations through data - Q&A

    IT analytics: Improving operations through data - Q&A

    Hi everyone, this week's podcast is a 20-min webinar/Q&A on IT analytics and how to use data to not just visualize your technology but to improve your end-user experience.

    The discussion is led by RJ Fowler, our senior systems engineer at Lockstep Technology Group.

    In this Q&A we discuss:
    How do you determine if you can ingest data from a system? How large is the data footprint?How much bandwidth is used?How can I use analytics for my remote employees?And more!www.lockstepgroup.com 

    Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com

    • 24 min
    Ken Dreon on Windows DNS vulnerability, patching, and vulnerability management.

    Ken Dreon on Windows DNS vulnerability, patching, and vulnerability management.

    Hi everyone, my guest today is Ken Dreon, Chief Delivery Officer at Lockstep Technology Group.

    He joins me to discuss: 
    What is a DNSWindows DNS vulnerabilityImportance of patchingAnd what to consider before patching your machines. www.lockstepgroup.com 

    Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com

    • 22 min
    Work From Home: A glimpse into remote life, tips and tricks to stay productive and how will technology evolve

    Work From Home: A glimpse into remote life, tips and tricks to stay productive and how will technology evolve

    Hi everyone, my guests today are two of our talented system engineers at Lockstep Technology Group: Chris Muse at our network operations center, and Kalin Wilson at our professional services.

    They join me to discuss: 


    Their tips and tricks for staying focused and productive while working from homeTheir thoughts on how technology will evolve after and because of the COVID-19 pandemic. What tech-savvy people can do help during the pandemic.


    Reach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com

    • 23 min

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