April 27

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Cybercriminals are attempting to exploit the COVID-19 crisis by targeting your workforce with virus-related phishing attacks. Now more than ever, your district or agency needs cyber resiliency that will enable it to resist and recover from ransomware attacks.

Join us on April 27 to learn how your district or agency can safeguard critical information, minimize downtime and reduce data loss. Our panel of experts will offer valuable insights into how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting your cyber threat environment, and they’ll provide practical advice on how to minimize these evolving risks.

  • Understand how ransomware attacks are evolving in the current environment
  • Learn how to store your data in an immutable format
  • Hear actionable advice for strengthening resiliency



Kecia Ray

Kecia Ray — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education

After publishing an assessment to measure technology literacy in 1999, Dr. Ray conducted research in the US, Canada, and South Africa on the use of technology in the K-12 classroom and the use of distance learning technologies to facilitate engaging learning environments.

Dr. Ray's career includes designing technology within the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. As a district administrator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, she led the award-winning design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs, including instructional design for online and blended learning environments, redesigning physical learning environments, redefining school libraries, and establishing the first virtual high school to award the diploma.

Dr. Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is past president of the ISTE Board of Directors. In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Haslem to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education and in 2014 was appointed by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education to a Personalized Learning Advisory Committee. In 2015, she was invited to serve on a USDOE technical working group focused on evaluating education technology. Dr. Ray currently serves on the board of Learning Bird Inc. and holds advisory positions with Mackin, Inc. and H Institute Award for Excellence in Education.

She is a five-time recipient of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award and has earned the ISTE 'Making IT Happen' Award. Dr. Ray was named '20 to Watch' by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, one of the top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning magazine, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest. She leads K20Connect and other passion projects supporting K20 education around the world!

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan, Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education and Chief Information and Strategy Officer, Santa Fe Public Schools

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. He works with schools’ leadership on strategic planning and leadership, designing digital learning environments, technology infrastructure reviews, and the shift to digital tools.

Dr. Ryan has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. He was the CIO of Albuquerque Public Schools for 11 years, where he led all IT efforts for the largest public school district in New Mexico. He was also a high school principal and teacher. He has proven leadership and experience leading teams of 100+ employees and administering multi-million dollar budgets and projects. Dr. Ryan has designed and implemented innovative online and blended school models at both the state and district level.

He is engaged in leadership activities in several state and national organizations including President Elect on the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Board, iNACOL, ISTE, and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). Work with the CGCS includes: large school district IT reviews of infrastructure, strategic planning, instructional technology, and digital transformation efforts. He also helps coordinate of the Councils annual CIO conferences. Dr. Ryan presents at several state and national conferences throughout the year.

David Siles

David Siles

Global Field Chief Technology Officer, Rubrik

David is the Global Field CTO for Rubrik working with enterprise customers and global partners on leveraging the Rubrik Cloud Data Management platform to drive their digital transformations forward. An experienced technology executive with over 20 years’ experience. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Data Classification for HyTrust, a leader in workload security. David was the co-founder and CTO of DataGravity the pioneer in data aware storage with proactive analytics leading to acquisition by HyTrust. Prior to DataGravity, he was the Global Director of Sales Engineering at Veeam Software and former CTO for Kane County, IL. An industry recognized technical visionary; he has presented at numerous conferences including VMworld, RSA Conference, and Black Hat. He resides in Tampa, FL and co-leads the Tampa VMware Users Group.