Cybersecurity Training Options

The November 2019 SVRTC meeting had 26 attendees representing 14 counties from southside Virginia (Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Colonial Heights, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greenville, Danville, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Sussex).  The topic for professional development was security awareness training and had two companies present briefly to members.

Devin Callahan from Proofpoint, a software company out of California, presented virtually at the meeting. While Proofpoint offer a variety of data security products, Mr. Callahan presented on their  security awareness training modules. Their product allows flexible training options within the modules to help make sure the cybersecurity awareness training meets the needs of the targeted learners. The platform allows you to first understand your users’ weaknesses and then develop training based on the users’ needs.  The reporting tools then inform stakeholders about their users’ data security knowledge and target areas of need. The company offered members a demo account to get more familiar with its structure and usability.

The next virtual presentation was led by Lindsay Piraino, Regional Account Manager for KnowBe4 out of Florida. Ms. Piranio shared handouts, as well as presented some slides on her company’s product highlighting the interactive capabilities for learners and assessment features for administrators in their cybersecurity modules.  

After the meeting, members expressed they looked forward to taking the information about the two companies back to their divisions.  SVRTC divisions hope to benefit from consortium discounts going into the new fiscal year to address security awareness training with their faculty and staff.

Brunswick County Celebrates Their First 1:1 School

Picture of classroom set up with Chromebooks.

This year, Brunswick County Public Schools is making many changes pertaining to technology advancements as their first school transitions to 1:1 devices for the students at Totaro Elementary School (TES). With the implementation of this 1:1 program, this means that every student in the school has been assigned a Dell 3100 Chromebook.

With the adoption of a new reading program and the need for digital learning communities, Krystle Pearson, Director of Technology, knew that increasing the number of student devices was one of the top priorities for the school division. With the 1:1 initiative, students are now participating in numerous subscriptions/programs such as Google Classroom, Nearpod, Kahoot, IXL, Clever, and PowerSchool  for student assessments and data collection. With the support of the Division Superintendent, Dr. Kristy Somerville-Midgette, and Dr. Terence Wyche, TES Principal,  this initiative will continue to provide the direct support needed to carry out their vision of Educating Students, Inspiring Success, and Improving Tomorrow.  

Boy sitting with headphones on in from of a computer.

Brunswick County Public Schools looks forward to increasing the number of 1:1 devices for other schools in their division for the 2020-2021 school year.

“Technology will not replace great teachers but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational.” -George Couros

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