K12 Tech Talk

27
May

Episode 37 - IT’S SUMMER!

The guys celebrate the arrival of summertime and what it means... projects. Cory talks about all of his projects he has this summer. Chris is already talking about the arrival of new teachers and when to create those accounts. Josh and Cory talk about the reports they have received from MS-ISAC (MDBR and others), and they all talk about the newly announced VMware vCenter vulnerability and the need to patch ASAP.

Upcoming episodes might be less regular due to summer vacations, but we do plan to release episodes over the summer.

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24
May

Episode 36 - Mobility Print

In this episode the guys take a deep dive into PaperCut Mobility Print. Chris recently did a demo of the product and Josh talks about how his district uses it. Then, they briefly touch on the new announcement of funding for schools to purchase computer equipment that will be administered through USAC, but it is a separate pool of money than E-rate.

For more info about Papercut visit:

Papercut MF: https://www.papercut.com/products/mf/

14
May

Episode 35 - ISAC, FCC, and EOY Stuff

In this episode Josh is absent, so Cory and Chris actually have to come up with content. They talk about ISAC's offerings for K12 schools including free vulnerability scans and pen tests. They talk about the recent announcement that the FCC is going to offer a new "grant" for schools to help buy devices for students and teachers including laptops/Chromebooks. Finally, they talk about end of year collection and wrap up getting ready for summer.

MS-ISAC (cisecurity.org)

https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-launch-717-billion-connectivity-fund-program-0

https://www.lifelinesupport.org/

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6
May

Episode 34 - A Visit with Donatello

It's been a rough week. Cory explains his frustration with DRC's technical support when he had an issue with their testing platform this week. Josh talks about a vulnerability scanning and pen testing service offered to K12 Public School Districts for free via MS-ISAC and CISA. Then the guys interview Donatello as he tells the story of his ransomware attack during the 2019 school year. We learn a few interesting facts including that Donatello likes pineapple on his pizza.

MS-ISAC (cisecurity.org)

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29
Apr

Episode 33 - A Ransomware Interview with “Gene”

In this episode we interview another ransomware victim, "Gene." There aren't a lot of words to describe the story we hear from Gene besides, WOW. This interview is unlike any of the others we have done. The phrase that Gene used that stuck out to me (Josh) was "If the house was on fire, would I need to tell you to go get water?" Gene tells his story with an amazing amount of candor, honesty and humor. Gene does say several times that his district leadership and faculty could not have been more supportive of his efforts during his multi-week recovery, yes, multi-week recovery.

If you have a topic, or would like to tell your ransomware story, send us an email at k12techtalk@gmail.com

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22
Apr

Episode 32 - Snap Your Fingers

Chris is absent so Cory and Josh do all the talking. They talk about their major takeaways from Denzel's interview last week.  They talk about a recent notification from Aruba Networks about a vulnerability in ClearPass. They also each name a company they wish they could make disappear with a snap of the fingers... What would be yours? Tweet us and let us know!

 

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15
Apr

Episode 31 - A Ransomware Interview with Denzel

In this episode we quickly talk about the Google Drive outage earlier in the week, and the fact that Google turned on the Plagiarism feature that checks against other students' work.

The majority of our hour long episode is an interview with Denzel. Denzel is the Tech Director at a school that was recently hit with ransomware. He shares with us details of the attack, from waking up and realizing over his morning coffee that they had major issues, to the day he realized the "bad guys" posted data they harvested online.

His story drives home a few major points including the one we all know... the best prepared department can fall victim. We hope you learn something from our interview with Denzel!

Website Denzel references - https://www.knowbe4.com/ransomware-simulator

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8
Apr

Episode 30 - Crocs in Socks

Cory returns from Disney, and Josh returns from the Bourbon trail. Josh had a few issues to take care of while gone, including a weird Aruba firmware update issue. Cory talks about the horrible new feature on Chromebooks called "Switch Access" with displays boxes all over the screen on Chromebooks. Chris checks his E-rate 471 status live on the show.

 

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3
Apr

Episode 29 - Spring Break with Ruckus

Chris and Josh are pretty laid back this episode because it is Spring Break and the biggest worry is cutting grass at home. The guys review an AP from Ruckus and discuss the different options that Ruckus brings to the table.

A big THANK YOU to Ruckus for providing the AP for us to review. Visit RUCKUS® | CommScope for more info about their product offerings and Business Alliance.

30
Mar

Episode 28 - Do Chromebooks Print?

Cory is gone, no, we didn't fire him, he is on vacation with his family, so we have Guest Matt join us.

We talk about Papercut and how it solved printing issues with Chromebooks for Matt and Josh (Chris doesn't support Chromebook printing at his district). We briefly talk about how students discovered they could "invalidate" certificates used by common k12 filters to bypass school filters, and how to prevent that from happening. We talk about how Matt doubles as a bus mechanic and installs bus camera systems. We also mention that the E-rate 471 window has closed and hope that FCDLs start getting issued.

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