$W044 | Getting beyond IT: Creating a Cybersecurity Ecosystem within your District

  • Room: 340-341
  • Session Number: $W044
Monday, January 23, 2023: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Lead Presenter
Julie Evans
Project Tomorrow
Greg Ottinger
Former Chief Business/Financial Officer
Marlon Shears
Chief Information Officer
Fort Worth ISD


A general assumption in most K-12 districts is that the IT department “owns” cybersecurity from A to Z. However, this is a flawed assumption. Given the increasing threats to technology infrastructure in our districts and the seismic impact of a breach on district finances, community trust and ability to deliver instruction, ownership today for cybersecurity must reside with the entire executive leadership team. Yet, how do we build expanded buy-in and change internal mindsets so that the result is a district wide cybersecurity ecosystem that addresses not just the technology, but the role of people and processes in securing district assets. In this interactive workshop, participants will leverage the latest national research from Project Tomorrow on the state of cybersecurity preparation in K-12 districts to envision and then co-develop with other workshop participants a new Cybersecurity Ecosystem Road Map that can be used as an effective template for district implementations. What participants will gain from this workshop?   1.      Gain access to new research findings from Project Tomorrow that can inform internal discussions with colleagues about cybersecurity preparations.  2.      Work collaboratively with peers to develop a Cybersecurity Ecosystem Road Map they can use to build a localized cross-organizational approach to cybersecurity preparation.  3.      Test new approaches and messaging strategies to effectively engage with their district colleagues outside of the IT Department to develop greater district-wide buy-in for cybersecurity preparation and response activities. 4.      Establish new professional learning contacts through the interactive workshop activities for further support and idea sharing post FETC.   FETC Workshops require an additional registration fee or premium registration. All workshops are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for hands on participation.