Dr. Travis Paakki
Dr. Travis Paakki is a recent graduate from Colorado Technical University with a computer science doctorate with a focus on information assurance where he focused on public sector infosec challenges. During the day he is an infosec leader in K through 12 education, which led to his dissertation studying information security in K through 12 schools. He has been an avid cybersecurity researcher and advocate since the age of 12 and teaches masters-level networking and cybersecurity at multiple universities.
The Privacy of 100+ Million Children, Families, and Young Adults Is Unprotected
School districts throughout the United States suffer from notoriously poor information security. This is at a time when school district spending on technology is at an all-time high. Why is this? The public assumption that K through12 information security has kept pace with the rest of society is wrong. This talk will review doctoral research that found that understaffed and underfunded districts are either ignorant of the risks or simply choose to accept them, and there is no penalty for either. School leaders should be bound by the same expectations to secure their assets as leaders in other government agencies, and their leaders should be responsible for ensuring that students enter the world with a clean slate.