Web Security: Protecting Kids and Data

Web Security: Protecting Kids and Data

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Thursday April 23, 2009 at 1 p.m. PST/ 4 p.m. EST

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As Internet-enhanced learning becomes more powerful and widespread, districts worry more about security. Mitigating the risks of malware, spam, social networking sites, anonymous proxies, IM and P2P requires a powerful array of security tools that protect all forms of Internet-based communication streams. In addition, districts must consider data privacy and operational policies.

Linda Sharp, Project Director for CoSN’s Cyber Security for the Digital District project will discuss security trends, policies, practices, and solutions for data security, child safety, and other security challenges.

Dwayne Alton, Technology Director for Lee County Florida schools will review his overall security strategy that ensures child safety, protects the network (both data and bandwidth) and ensures AUP and regulatory compliance.


Linda Sharp, CoSN Project Director is an education and learning professional with over 30 years experience. She is currently a consultant working with several educational technology companies. In addition, she is Project Director for CoSN’s Cyber Security and IT Crisis Preparedness Initiatives. In this capacity, she has presented workshops and conferences around the country. She has authored articles and newsletters on the topics of security, online student safety and crisis preparedness. Prior to her work with CoSN, Linda worked with AlphaSmart, Inc as Vice President of Professional Services and Vice President of Sales. Prior to her work in the education industry, Linda was a teacher, coach and District Technology Advisor for Cherry Creek Schools in Englewood, CO. Linda has a BA in Education from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO and a MA in Education Technology from Lesley College, Boston, MA.

Dwayne Alton is the Director of Information Technology for the Lee County School District in Fort Meyers, Florida. He has been with the District for almost 13 years and has been the IT Director for about the last 7 years. He is a lifelong Lee County resident and is a graduate of the Lee County School District.