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In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience, Jake Kasowski is joined by Chris Johnson, the Director of Technology at Mount Pleasant Community School District in Iowa. Jake and Chris discuss how cybersecurity across K-12 has changed and how mature school district cybersecurity is when it comes to the ability to protect against emerging threats.
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(06:54) - Chris shares how his role has changed as a technology director in a school district
(10:11) - Chris' lessons learned from the past year that he has continued to implement at Mount Pleasant CSD.
(12:20) - What cybersecurity maturity means and how it applies to K-12 schools.
(18:00) - How the increased cyberattacks toward K-12 has impacted cybersecurity maturity.
(20:19) - Why smaller school districts need to assume they are as big of a target as larger districts and organizations.
(23:38) - The types of cyber threats school districts face, especially from the students and staff internally.
(25:49) - The direction that government and K-12 education are moving when it comes to cybersecurity.
(28:12) - The vulnerabilities school district technology directors need to be mindful of.
(31:16) - How Chris' outlook on cybersecurity, online safety, and privacy has changed during the past year.
(36:53) - How technology departments can balance cybersecurity and accessibility to learning resources in school classrooms.