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This is The Closed Beta Project, the show where we talk to IT and cybersecurity experts, pioneers and influencers about how we can live and grow in the digital age.The Closed Beta Project is a Lockstep Technology Group show. www.lockstepgroup.com ali@lockstepgroup.com
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This week I am joined by Shelby Vecchio, the XR designer at the Futurus and art director at Amebous Labs, a XR start-up here at Atlanta, GA.During our last episode, Curt Godwin talked about the impact of XR in the classroom but the lack of content for it to be a viable solution at the moment. So I reached out to Shelby to pick her brain as she and Futurus are content creators in the world of XR. We talk about AR/VRFuturus' antibullying campaign for middle schoolsCreating content for classroomsHope you enjoy this episode!P.S. Couple of disclaimers, Shelby mentions Hololens is rather affordable, but she wanted me to point out that it is still a bit expensive ($3500), but Microsoft also offers a subscription plan for $125/month. Also, she wanted to mention that Facebook acquired Oculus few years ago so they're requiring Facebook login "to be more facebook-obvious". 
Hey everyone, This week's episode is with Tim Fleming, Director of technology services, and Curt Godwin who is the network operations coordinator at Forsyth County Schools.Forsyth County Schools, which are located in GA, are comprised of 40 schools and close to 51,000 students. Forsyth County Schools have long been a technology leader in K12 space. And their small IT teams, with the help of Lockstep, provide some of the best learning experiences for their students and teachers. Curt and Tim discuss:how they prepared their schools for virtual teaching and learning during the pandemic with such a small IT team.l How they utilize IT analytics and human analytics to ensure a high graduation rate.How and why they utilize NIST as the core of their cybersecurityHow they created a culture to enable their students and teams for unforeseen.And more!Enjoy!
Hi everyone, Today's guest is Kim Friends, VP of E-Rate compliance at CSM consulting. She joins me to discuss: How has pandemic changes the focus for K-12 schools and librariesE-Rate changes and the new legislation in front of congressMIBSAnd how schools can take advantage of these new changes for E-Rate.www.lockstepgroup.com Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com
Hi everyone, this week's podcast is a 20-min webinar/Q&A on IT analytics and how to use data to not just visualize your technology but to improve your end-user experience. The discussion is led by RJ Fowler, our senior systems engineer at Lockstep Technology Group.In this Q&A we discuss:How do you determine if you can ingest data from a system? How large is the data footprint?How much bandwidth is used?How can I use analytics for my remote employees?And more!www.lockstepgroup.com Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com
Hi everyone, my guest today is Ken Dreon, Chief Delivery Officer at Lockstep Technology Group.He joins me to discuss: What is a DNSWindows DNS vulnerabilityImportance of patchingAnd what to consider before patching your machines. www.lockstepgroup.com Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com
Hi everyone, my guests today are two of our talented system engineers at Lockstep Technology Group: Chris Muse at our network operations center, and Kalin Wilson at our professional services.They join me to discuss: Their tips and tricks for staying focused and productive while working from homeTheir thoughts on how technology will evolve after and because of the COVID-19 pandemic. What tech-savvy people can do help during the pandemic.Reach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com
I've always had this question about our IT infrastructure: what steps did we take to make sure that we can be able to work securely from virtually anywhere? Well, in today's episode, Scott Anctil answers that question for us. Scott is our CTO at the Lockstep Technology Group. Enabling and optimizing remote workforce remotelyImportance of hybrid cloud infrastructurebest ways to communicate with your IT departmentHow to build ideal disaster recovery and business continuity plan.and more!Hope you're staying safe and healthy!visit us at https://lockstepgroup.com/
Hi everyone, my guest today is Jonathan Kyle, our security practice manager. He joins me to discuss what to look out for especially now when almost everyone is working from home. Jonathan and I discuss:Zoom bombingPhishing tactics during COVID-19 pandemicMarriott data breachReach out to me if you have any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover. My email is ali@lockstepgroup.com
We sat down with Kim Friends, VP of E-Rate of compliance at CSM consulting, to talk about the 2020 E-rate rules, MIBS and what schools should know going in 2020-2021. To learn more visit us at Lockstepgroup.com & CSM consulting Thanks for listening! 
Part 2 - This episode was recorded at Smith & Howard CPA  We are joined by Martha Raber, enterprise risk services manager at Smith & Howard, Jeff Brown, senior business advisor at Smith & Howard, Jonathan Kyle, security practice manager at Lockstep Technology GroupMartha, Jeff, and Jonathan cover all things compliance, state laws, and the responsibilities businesses have towards their customer and employee security.To learn more about cybersecurity and managed solutions visit us at https://lockstepgroup.comTo learn more about Smith & Howard CPA, visit their website at https://www.smith-howard.com/
This episode was recorded at Smith & Howard CPA  We are joined by Martha Raber, enterprise risk services manager at Smith & Howard, Jeff Brown, senior business advisor at Smith & Howard, Jonathan Kyle, security practice manager at Lockstep Technology GroupMartha, Jeff and Jonathan cover all things compliance and the responsibilities businesses have towards their customer and employee security. To learn more about cybersecurity and managed solutions visit us at lockstepgroup.comTo learn more about Smith & Howard CPA, visit their website at https://www.smith-howard.com/
We are joined by Wes Knight who is the CISO at Georgia Department of Revenue and James Brown, our cybersecurity account executive, about how to build relationships, how the department of revenue plans for the future standards and compliances and the challenges CISO's in SLED face and how those challenges are different from the private sector. visit us at lockstepgroup.com 
In this bonus episode, we talk to Jonathan Kyle, our security practice manager, about email security and steps to take to keep your information secured during the holiday season.We also talk about ransomware and Disney plus's accounts getting compromised. If you're a marketer and curious about creating campaigns that ensure the privacy of your customers, you'd want to tune in. To learn more, visit us at https://lockstepgroup.com/ 
We sat down with our security team, Jonathan Kyle and Eric Shoemaker, to talk about our recent research finding in Kasey's Access Directory weakness.To learn more about our finding visit our site: https://lockstepgroup.com/blog/abusing-the-kaseya-lan-cache-fsadmin/* Note: This episode was recorded on October 17th, 2019. Eric Shoemaker has moved on from Lockstep Technology Group and we wish him the best of luck and success in his future role. For questions about our study please email us at info@lockstepgroup.com
This week we are at Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP, a prestigious law firm here at Atlanta. We sat down with their director of IT, Jason Landers, to talk about technology in the legal field, the role of Director of IT, compliance requirements and how cybersecurity is not just an IT issue. 
This week's guest is Ken Dreon. Ken is one of our founders and a managing partner at Lockstep Technology Group.Ken talks about Lockstep Technology Group's why, automation and the pace of technology. 
This week, we have a returning guest. Jonathan Kyle, our senior security architect. He joined us at GAMEIS to talk about cybersecurity for schools and protecting sensitive data.  Thank you for listening! #cybersecurity #edtech To learn more, visit us at http://bit.ly/32GAxBaConnect with us:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/lock...Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LockstepGroup/Twitter: https://twitter.com/lockstepgroup
This episode was recorded live at GAMEIS. GAMEIS is The Georgia Association of Managers of Educational Information Systems.We sat down with Kim Friends, the VP of E-Rate compliance at CSM Consulting, to talk about the current state of E-Rate and the challenges schools and libraries are facing when applying for E-rate.You can contact Kim Friends, Vice-President, E-Rate Compliance at kfriends@csmcentral.comE-Rate program is a vital source of support for connectivity to—and within—schools and libraries. In particular, the E-Rate program provides funding for internal connections, which are primarily used for Wi-Fi, a technology that has enabled schools and libraries to transition from computer labs to one-to-one digital learning.FCC is currently seeking comments in regards to the new proposed rules. Here is the link to access it online from the Electronic Comments Filing System: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/070950045522/FCC-19-58A1.pdfIf you have any questions or comments, you can reach us at https://lockstepgroup.com/ 
This week, Lockstep Technology Group is at GAMEIS (The Georgia Association of Managers of Educational Information Systems) and we are recording live from our booth. In this episode, we talk to Curt Godwin, network operations coordinator at Forsyth County Schools, about the importance of technology in our classrooms and cybersecurity in schools. For more information please visit us www.lockstepgroup.comThank you for listening! 
In today's episode, I talk to James Harden who is managing partner at Lockstep Technology Group about his new analytics and optimization tool that is helping various industries, including schools, manage and visuals their data sets. "It is essential for IT to provide exceptional service because that's really what our job is. We are customer service. We are providing information to be at the fingertips of the business user so they can grow." - James Harden
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