How Secure is Your Data?

SVRTC members gathered Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Nottoway High school’s mini auditorium for the last meeting of the 2018-19 year.  Ten divisions were represented (Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Danville, Franklin City, Hopewell City, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward and Sussex).

Man presenting to group of people.

The main topic for the meeting was securing data presented by guest speakers, Justin Wilkins and Steve Rennard, from Varonis.  Members learned how Varonis can do a risk assessment of a division’s data to identify the data weaknesses, highlight security vulnerabilities and make recommendations. The initial assessments are complimentary and the pricing is based on the number of users.  They discussed several examples of where data was breached and the information became public along with several examples of data being ransomed. For more information about the presentation, please review their slides or contact the company.

Woman with glasses on.

Bill Wilson, Senior Technology Engineer for ITTIP and SVRTC, brought a couple technologies for the group to be aware of. One was a nine-dollar wireless camera. The other technology was a set of prism glasses in which you enables you to look forward, but see “down”. The glasses were passed around for members to check out!

13th Annual SVRTC Award Banquet

Picture of several award plaques.

SVRTC members braved the weather to attend the 13th Annual SVRTC Technology Award banquet on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Longwood University.  Longwood University’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Larissa Fergeson welcomed members to Longwood and Dr. Paula Leach, Director of ITTIP welcomed members and introduced SVRTC co-chairman Dr. Elizabeth Jamerson and Frances Wilson.

Four women standing with an award.
Nottoway Public School representatives stand with SVRTC chairs as they receive the award for Division Leadership.

Twenty-one SVRTC school divisions were represented (Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Petersburg, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Prince George and Sussex) at the banquet for a total of 123 attendees. Of those 123 attendees, there were 8 superintendents present for the 49 awards presented to SVRTC members. 

Man standing with award.
Tim Mays, Sussex County Public Schools, receives Technology Leadership award.

The Annual SVRTC Awards also recognizes a division and an individual through a competitive award: Division Leadership and Technology Leadership. Nottoway Public schools were the recipient of the SVRTC Division Leadership award and Tim Mays received the Technology Leadership award. 

A complete list of award recipients can be found on our Annual Awards Banquet page or you can view the awards (non-competitive) by clicking on the slideshow.   Pictures from the event can be found in the SVRTC picture gallery

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