May 18

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Cybersecurity is a top-of-mind priority for school districts across the country, but keeping up with the trends and complexities of the landscape can be challenging. In this 30-minute executive briefing, Dustin Haisler from the Center for Digital Education will host a conversation that dives into everything you need to know about this topic to prepare your district. Joining Dustin for this interactive conversation will be Morgan Wright, a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government and frequent cybersecurity commentator on Fox News, as well as Tom Ryan, a senior fellow for the Center for Digital Education and president elect of CoSN.


Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education

Tom Ryan is co-founder and chief executive officer of the eLearn Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming education through the effective use of digital learning tools. He is an education professional with 36+ years of experience and expertise in teaching, leadership, technology, technology integration and blended/online learning program development. Tom is president elect on the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Board and is involved in iNACOL, ISTE, and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS).

Morgan Wright

Morgan Wright

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. Morgan's landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information. He’s made hundreds of appearances on national news, radio, print and web, and has spoken to audiences around the world. Previously Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention. In addition to 18 years in state and local law enforcement, Morgan has developed solutions in defense, justice and intelligence for the largest technology companies in the world including Cisco, Unisys and SAIC. He’s a contributing author for the 4th Edition Computer Security Handbook, and has been quoted in 2 New York Times best sellers (Sharyl Attkisson: Stonewalled and Carmine Gallow: Talk Like TED). Morgan has a new book coming out in August 2016 ‘Identity Predators: Win The War Against Hackers, Scammers and Thieves’.

Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler — Moderator

Chief Innovation Officer, Center for Digital Education

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic. As the finance director and later CIO for Manor, TX, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. A member of Code for America’s original steering committee, Haisler pioneered government use of commercial technologies not before used in the public sector – including Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing and gamification. In 2010 Haisler launched Manor Labs, a website that let residents submit their own ideas and vote other peoples’ ideas up or down. The most popular suggestions went to city officials for review and possible implementation. Haisler looked to the private sector to help broaden the adoption of these and other civic innovations, joining California-based Spigit as director of government innovation. While at Spigit, a company that makes crowd-sourcing and innovation management software, Haisler helped design and deploy innovation programs for New York City; Bogota, Columbia; and even part of the space program (through NASA’s Langley Research Center).