Stay Ahead of Tomorrow’s Digital Threats at SecurED Schools

10 Jan 2022 6 min read
Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Manager, Learning Technology Center

Over the past two years, K-12 schools have grown more reliant on educational technology. This shift has fueled digital transformations across the country and made it easier for students to learn safely and effectively, both now and in the future.

But this shift toward digital learning as a mainstay has come at a cost – increased vulnerability to district networks and data. Many K-12 education and technology leaders are already begun taking steps to address this increased risk, but there’s still much more that can be done to stay ahead of tomorrow’s digital threats.

The best way to address vulnerability is a security posture built on the latest policies and best practices for cybersecurity and data privacy. At SecurED Schools, these imperatives and more will be on full display, with local, state, and national experts leading discussions on how K-12 districts can upgrade their security capabilities before an emergent threat takes hold.

This year’s fully virtual conference will also feature numerous hands-on presentations geared toward helping IT stakeholders comply with current state and federal mandates, including SOPPA, FERPA, and more.

That’s not all SecurED Schools 2022 has in store for you. Check out the full schedule now or take a peek below at some of this year’s most anticipated virtual sessions!

Two Days Full of Resources, Demos & Best Practices

With over 30 engaging sessions on this year’s agenda, SecurED Schools 2022 is set to be Illinois’ premier conference for fostering cybersecurity and data privacy excellence.

This year, we’re also welcoming over 40 presenters to the virtual stage, offering you the chance to learn from the best and walk away with a vision for improving your district’s security posture.

Future Privacy: Privacy Fundamentals for Uncertain Times

Presented by Linnette Attai


The world has changed, and nowhere has that been more apparent than in school districts. In a series of seismic shifts, classroom environments and technologies used to support instructional delivery have changed and changed again, leaving many racing to stay on top of whatever comes next. Edtech evolution isn’t slowing down any time soon, raising fresh concerns about what is being lost in terms of student data privacy along the way.

Now’s the time to address these concerns head on, starting with the privacy fundamentals you already know. Join us for a chance to brush up on the basics of FERPA, COPPA, PPRA, and SOPPA while learning how these bedrock elements can support more cohesive privacy efforts, both now and in the future.

Let’s Talk About the SDPC Database

Presented by Sean Mullins


Without a doubt, the SDPC database is one of the most useful tools K-12 school districts can reach for while striving to maintain full SOPPA compliance. But despite that, many districts don’t know about the database’s lesser-known features and their ability to streamline SOPPA workflows from start to finish.

Don’t miss out on taking full advantage of everything the SDPC database has to offer! Join this highly interactive session to learn new ways to harness the SDPC database as well as get your questions answered by one of the state’s foremost SDPC database experts.

Don’t Be Left in the Dark!

Presented by Holly Kelly & Lisa Schwartz


The rise of edtech in the everyday classroom has helped students learn like never before. But along the way, staff and students alike haven’t done well when it comes to maintaining their “cyber-hygiene.” In other words, our personal data sharing habits have grown troubling lately, putting both ourselves and our institutions at risk for cyber-attack.

Fortunately, there are a few sure-fire ways to get your personal data sharing habits back on the right track. Join us to learn about a few readily available resources that can help staff, colleagues, and students become more cyber aware and keep themselves protected against emerging threats to their personal data privacy.

Register for SecurED Schools Today!

SecurED Schools is only a couple weeks away, but there’s still time to reserve your seat at any of this year’s engaging, solution-oriented sessions. At only $25 a ticket (including access to a post-conference archive of recordings and resources), this year’s conference is an affordable way to grow your professional toolkit and help your district chart a course for a more digitally secure future.

Register today and start making plans to transform the way your district handles cybersecurity and data privacy!

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Manager, Learning Technology Center

Sam leads and supports the execution and growth of LTC services through the development and creation of innovative, impactful, and timely digital content.