K12 Tech Talk

12
Sep

Episode 42 - The One Without Cory

Cory is too busy watching football to join Chris and Josh today. They talk about an eWaste question from a listener, 2fa, a weird camera issue Josh is having, and Chris goes over his weird bandwidth issues he is having.

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2
Sep

Episode 41 - Confessions

In this episode the guys talk about Google's new age restriction setting, work injuries, and walking on wet wax confessions.

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26
Aug

Episode 40 - We are BACK!

We are back! It's been a bit since we have all been together. We recap summer projects, Kaseya's cyber incident, Josh's phishing incident, and somehow we ended up as guests on Aruba Unplugged (the HPE/Aruba podcast).  

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21
Jul

Episode 39 - Live from MidwestTechTalk2021, it’s the Cory Show!

This episode is short and sweet. The guys are at MidwestTechTalk2021, well, not Josh. Chris is running around making sure the conference is going well as he's on the planning committee. Josh is on the planning committee too, but he bailed. Cory steps up and does the episode himself.

Highlights from MidwestTechTalk2021 can be found on Twitter @midwesttechtalk or #mwtt2021

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7
Jul

Episode 38 - Summer Check In (Sponsored by StatusGator)

Josh, Chris, and Cory check in with what has been going on this summer. All three have been busy with summer projects, planning MidwestTechTalk, presenting a session at ISTE, and taking vacation. The guys also mention the recent Kaseya issue, but save that for a later episode (Cory didn't want to talk about it). They also talk about the recent announcements from Google pertaining to Age settings as well as Drive Link sharing settings. There seems to be a bit of confusion around both of these new, required settings. And, for whatever reason, Chris does the entire podcast episode sitting in his car...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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