Welcome to the K-12 Tech Experience, the show that explores the latest trends in K-12 cybersecurity and talks with the IT leaders helping make schools safer. In this bi-weekly podcast, each episode will discuss topics related to technology, cybersecurity, and cyber safety in K-12 schools. With the goal of sharing advice, tips, stories, and wisdom for K-12 IT leaders and those who are on a mission to protect students, teachers, and staff in schools. Hosted by Jake Kasowski, communications manager at ManagedMethods.
Embedding Cybersecurity Into K-12 Culture
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by David Mendez, an Information Security Lead at Region 10 Education Service Center in Texas. Jake and David discuss how K-12 school districts can better embed cybersecurity into their culture to improve their cybersecurity posture. David discusses how his role has changed as an Information Security Lead and a Technical Project Manager at Region 10 (05:38); the importance of culture when it comes to cybersecurity in schools and why cybersecurity isn't talked about as much in K-12 (09:00); how the reoccurring cybersecurity incidents over the past two years has impacted cybersecurity culture in school districts (12:37); David's advice on how a district technology director can embed cybersecurity into their culture (18:59); what school districts as a whole can be doing to improve cybersecurity practices in their schools (23:53); David's thoughts on staffing for cybersecurity to make sure it's as effective as can be (31:14); how the 2020 school year changed David's thinking on cybersecurity, student safety, and data privacy (36:53). Resources David uses to stay up to date on the latest news and trends: The Slack channel 'Building Security People', Reddit's k12sysadmin subreddit, Twitter, Black Hills Information Security, and hands-on training from industry organizations offering it. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/
What's Missing in K-12 Risk Management?
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by Dr. Travis Paakki, the former Senior Director of Technology at Portland Public Schools. Jake and Travis discuss risk management and what is missing in K-12 cybersecurity. Travis discusses how his role as Senior Director of Technology changed over the course of the 2020-21 school year (06:20); the findings of his doctoral research into K-12 risk management (09:03); the research findings that surprised Travis in regards to risk management in K-12 (11:57); what risk management practices Travis recommends to get started on today (21:10); how school district IT teams can get more buy-in from the rest of their district administration (23:39); the updates Travis and his team made for the 2021-22 school year (26:04); how the amount of technologies students have access to has impacted risk management practices for his team (28:20); how the past year has changed Travis' thinking on cybersecurity, online safety and data privacy in K-12 schools (33:34). Resources Travis uses to stay up to date on the latest news and trends: The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the K-12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX), SANS Internet Storm Center podcasts, InfraGuard, and CISA. Share your thoughts on Twitter @managedmethods @jakasowski and on LinkedIn. Learn more about ManagedMethods at https://managedmethods.com/
New K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards for Schools
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/
An Inside Look at a K-12 Ransomware Incident
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/
Exploring Ransomware Trends Across K-12 & School Cybersecurity Needs
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/
GAMEIS 2021 & Summer Cybersecurity Initiatives
In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined again by Greg Hogan, the Network and 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/