The cybersecurity threat to K-12 schools and districts is at an unprecedented level. The increased technology dependency in our schools has emboldened bad actors determined to wreak havoc on district infrastructure and data systems. This webinar is the launch event for a new national campaign to drive greater awareness across all levels of K-12 district leadership on the realities of K-12 cybersecurity.
In this webinar, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Dr. Julie A. Evans, will share new Speak Up research findings from 600 district leaders nationwide about their concern levels regarding cyberattacks and the steps they are taking to reduce vulnerabilities. A key finding is the significant disconnect between District Administrators and Technology Leaders on the state of cyber threats to their districts. The panel discussion will feature the experiential insights and hard cold advice of two technology leaders with front line experience safeguarding their districts. Participants will gain access to a new national report on the state of K-12 cybersecurity from Project Tomorrow (a collaboration with iboss) and a ready-to-use checklist of immediate steps that should be taken by every K-12 District Leader to reduce cyber risks today. The special event is highly recommended for Superintendents, School Board Members and District Technology Leaders.
Greg Ottinger, Ed.D.
Chief Business/Financial Officer
San Diego Unified School District
Greg Ottinger has spent more than two decades as an executive leader, researcher, and teacher,
focused on creating incredible outcomes for learners. Most recently, Greg served as Chief Business
Officer for the San Diego Unified School District. In this capacity he served as the chief financial
officer and led/supported operational divisions for the second-largest school district in California.
Previously, Greg held the lead IT role for both San Diego Unified and the San Diego County Office of
Education (SDCOE), along with several years as the inaugural Director of Online and Blended
learning/Education Technology for SDCOE.
Greg holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership and a Master’s degree in Education Technology.
Additionally, he teaches several courses focused on education finance, law, leadership and research at
both the Master’s and Doctoral levels and has served on doctoral committees at San Diego State
University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Chief Information and Innovation Officer
Lenny Schad is the chief information and innovation officer for District Administration. He has been working in the technology field for 28 years. Schad has worked in K-12 education since 2003, and successfully led implementation of BYOD and 1-to-1 in Katy and Houston ISD, respectively. Mr. Schad is the former CIO/CFO for Houston ISD.
He is a past board member for CoSN and IMS Global and is a recognized leader who’s innovative and process-oriented management styles have led to highly effective information technology departments. Mr. Schad is a published author. His book “Bring Your Own Learning: Transform Instruction with any Device” has helped many organizations implement digital transformation initiatives.
Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology
U.S. Department of Education
Kristina Ishmael is an educator, learner, advocate, and agent of change. She is the Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and brings a wide variety of experience to actively change teaching and learning to provide more equitable access and opportunities for every learner.
Ishmael most recently worked as an educational consultant where she supported educators, schools, and nonprofits as they navigated new learning environments. Additionally, she was the Sr. Research Fellow on New America’s Teaching, Learning, & Tech team where she advised on the inclusive technology portfolio that picked up her prior OER work, and incorporated digital equity and culturally responsive and sustaining education.
Prior to leading the #GoOpen project at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Ed Tech, she was the Digital Learning Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education where she led professional learning and advocated for school librarians. This experience granted her a unique perspective on leveraging educational technology in urban, suburban, and rural school systems. Kristina started as an early childhood and elementary teacher of emerging bilingual students in Omaha, Nebraska.
iboss is a cloud security company that provides fast and secure access to the Internet on any device, from any location, in the cloud. The iboss SASE Cloud Platform eliminates the need for traditional network security appliances, such as firewalls and web gateway proxies. https://www.iboss.com/education/