Fran Watkins, Network and Systems Administrator for Centennial School District, was solely responsible for protecting the critical technology infrastructure of the district when an abrupt event in a neighboring school system triggered an extensive review of how Centennial protected its network. “A neighboring school district was hit with a ransomware attack and it was kind of a shock to us all,” he stated. “We knew if it could happen to them, it could happen to anybody, and I was the one with the responsibility to make sure that it didn’t happen on my watch. The problem was that I wear many hats and I’m a one-person shop when it comes to security, so I knew we were going to need some help.”
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