Business & Technology

Enabling Education and Security at the 2018 CETPA Annual Conference

By Fortinet | November 08, 2018

From K-12 to higher education, technology is playing an important role in enabling faculty, staff, and students teach and learn more effectively. Technology – both in and out of the classroom – is helping to create new curriculums tailored to the individual learning needs of students, while helping to expand educational opportunities that extend beyond a physical school or campus location.

With this in mind, the 2018 CETPA Annual Conference is dedicated to empowering IT and education professionals alike with the modern technology and security knowledge they need to ensure that technology usage, and the positive impacts they bring, are optimized and secured.

Here’s a look at what you can expect at this year’s conference:

2018 CETPA Annual Conference

The 2018 CETPA Conference will be held from November 13th to the 16th at the Sacramento Conference Center.

This event brings together a collection of IT professionals, network managers, CTOs, and educational professionals as the only association in California that focuses on the needs of IT professionals within the education space. This unique convergence of educational and networking professionals aims to help foster discussions regarding technology best practices, as well as new and emerging tools to facilitate teaching, learning, and administration.

As part of Fortinet’s ongoing commitment to improve and secure technology across the education sector, we’re proud to be sponsoring and attending the 2018 CETPA Annual Conference. We encourage attendees to visit our team at booth 1019, where we will be discussing the theme of building a cohesive cyber and physical security strategy. The Fortinet team will also be showcasing a variety of product demonstrations, including:

·       Enterprise Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs)

·       Unified Threat Management

·       Secure Access Wireless Access Points and Switches

In addition to learning about Fortinet’s E-rate eligible solutions, we will also be showcasing our integrated Security Fabric and FortiCam digital surveillance products.

Vendor Showdowns

Popular among past event attendees, Vendor Showdowns give visitors the opportunity to conduct a live comparison of different technology solutions. Fortinet will be showcasing a wide variety of solutions alongside a number of different vendors, allowing attendees to view the latest and greatest in enterprise technology solutions as they go head-to-head in a live environment. These fun, entertaining, and fast-paced demonstrations are a great way for CETPA audience members to better understand performance, features, and benefits from each solution.

Wireless Access Points Vendor Showdown

Tuesday, November 13th, Room 308, 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm

This session gives CETPA attendees a first-hand look at a variety of wireless access point products. Alongside various vendors, the Fortinet team will be showcasing it’s FortiAP solution, allowing attendees to compare a variety of different solutions while viewing them in a live environment. After the solution showdowns, attendees will be able to ask clarifying questions, discuss solutions, and receive further demonstrations.

NGFW Vendor Showdown

Tuesday, November 16th, Room 308, 8:00 am – 9:45 am

This session gives attendees the opportunity to compare three next-generation firewall (NGFW) products. The Fortinet team will be showcasing our NGFW, FortiGate, alongside a variety of different vendor representatives. After the brief demonstration and feature explanation for each solution, attendees will be able to ask questions, facilitate discussion, and get more specific, in-depth product demonstrations. 

Safeguarding Educational Institutions is a Two-Front Battle

The vast majority of educational institutions of all levels view the security of teachers, faculty, and students as one of their top concerns. While the wide implementation of technology in educational institutions may increase its operational and educational capabilities, it also serves as an entryway into networks for cybercriminals.

With this in mind, a key component of effective security efforts in the education sector is combining physical and cyber security.

We aim to create a dialogue around this issue, hosting three sessions designed to discuss the security needs of the education sector. This includes discussing best practices for leveraging technology while improving cyber and physical security to ensure that it remains compliant to education-specific regulations.

Creating Safer Schools and Campuses with Physical and Cyber Security Solutions

Tuesday, November 13th, Room 202, 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

As educational institutions continue to engage in digital transformation to help students, staff, and faculty thrive in today’s increasingly digital world, there is a growing need for a variety of security solutions capable of securing new and existing technology within institutions. However, in order to truly reap the benefits of digital transformation, there needs to be a balance struck between secure facilities and creating open environments conducive to learning and education.

This discussion aims to explore the variety of opportunities present within the education sector to blend cyber and physical security solutions into a single, cohesive security fabric strategy for greater and more flexible security that can seamlessly span across facilities. Additionally, we’ll be explaining the role of facial and object recognition and how it can help create comprehensive solutions for school safety.

Network-Based Video Security Solutions to Keep Schools Safe

Tuesday, November 13th, Room 311, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Surveillance is one of the top tools crucial to safeguarding educational institutions. However, to combat today’s modern threats, surveillance systems that are siloed from other security solutions can no longer be relied on. This discussion will explore why modern surveillance systems must be able to provide facial, biometric and object recognition. It will then address how these capabilities can enable schools to quickly and easily pinpoint incidents before they occur and identify individuals who have been tagged as risks.

Additionally, we’ll be exploring a built-to-scale, network-based surveillance camera system with groundbreaking facial, biometric, and object recognition capabilities that enable schools to quickly identify and appropriately respond to safety incidents quickly, effectively, and efficiently.

CIPA Compliance in K-12 – Chrome and IOS Hands-On Experience

Wednesday, November 14th, Room 311, 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Join us for a hands-on demonstration of how educational institutions can achieve CIPA compliance for Chrome and IOS devices. This demonstration will address the need to enroll devices into a management system while being able to restore them at the conclusion of a double session. Additionally, we’ll provide a brief introduction to CIPA and the challenges of one-on-one programs in K-12 environments, as well as a demonstration of CIPA compliant device management.

Final Thoughts

The technology introduced through digital transformation provides a range of important benefits for educators and students – in and out of the classroom. However, as security concerns continue to remain a priority, it’s crucial that schools, campuses, and facilities combine their cyber and physical security efforts for a more effective security posture. We are proud to help facilitate meaningful discussions around this important topic alongside educators and IT professionals at the 2018 CETPA Annual Conference, as well as to provide attendees with the tools and information they need to securely leverage their technology to the fullest. 

Read more about how Fortinet is securing the future of education.