We have spent two decades linking all sorts of servers and processes to Active Directory for “ease of use”. Sadly ease of use now can also mean “ease of hacking”. Therefore, we must be much more critical of when integration is genuinely helpful (LDAP for instance), vs.
Weekly Tech Tidbit – Breaking up the band. It is time to better segment critical network functions
Cisco Pandemic Assistance for K-12 – Free Security Options For Your Endpoints
Cisco is trying to do their part during the Pandemic. If you are a Cisco AMP, Cisco DUO, Cisco Umbrella, or Cisco AnyConnect client, Cisco is allowing you to increase your license counts – without cost to the district – until July 1, 2020. This allows you to truly do the right thing for all […]
Tech Tidbit – Two ways to sanely maintain remote endpoints
The reality of many K-12 school districts is that you either have handed out or are handing out laptops to teachers and critical staff to get through this quarantine. All those great tools you had been using: WSUS, SCCM, and KACE are now functionally useless for those remote users.
Weekly Tech Tidbit – Secure Remote Access
As I write this on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, I do hope that this message finds you well and staying safe as we all adapt to our new normal under the COVID-19 regulations. We all hope this lasts as short a time as possible. Rest assured that the team at CSI seamlessly transitioned into our […]
CSI Vendor Tech Talk – Cisco Security and Collaboration Tools Webinar – Recording Available
K-12 education has been turned upside down. Remote learning is obviously the term du jour. At the same time as we are figuring out what remote instruction means, school districts still have to keep the buildings safe and run all the back-office functions.
CSI Tech Talk – Active Directory Cleanup Best Practices – Recording Available
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Weekly Tech Tidbit – VPN Access for your staff could be a hacker’s delight. Are you prepared?
These have been extraordinary times for the world, our country, our school districts and our families. We are implementing remote learning plans and remote access plans to keep the district functioning in this time of social distancing, crowd restrictions and mandated closings.
Weekly Tech Tidbit – NIST Significantly Changes Password Recommendations
Earlier this month, on March 2, NIST formalized a significant number of changes to its password recommendations as part of the final release of its updated Digital Identify Guidelines document or NIST publication SP 800-63-3. The full document which includes three additional sister documents (800-63A, 800-63B & 800-63C) is here: https://csrc.
Weekly Tech Tidbit Extra – VPN Best Practices
As part of our client school district’s response for Corona virus preparedness, we see an uptick in requests for VPN access into the school district’s networks. With the potential increase in VPN users and remote connections into your district’s systems, we thought now would be a good time to remind you of a few best practices […]
Weekly Tech Tidbit – Running A School in the age of Coronavirus. Testing Anytime, Anyplace Access
This morning I read the headline that a second New York school district has shutdown over Coronavirus concerns. The question becomes how does a school district function if school is closed for an extended period of time? Besides the obvious impacts to teaching and learning there is a whole lot of back office processes that […]