SecurED Schools

SecurED Schools

Illinois’ K12 Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Summit

A two-day professional development event focused on data privacy and cybersecurity for K-12 Administrators, Technology Leaders, and IT Staff.

The Learning Technology Center is hosting SecurED Schools (formerly K12 Data and Security Summit). Technology and education leaders will learn about data privacy and cybersecurity requirements, policies, and best-practice strategies during engaging presentations and hands-on activities. Workshops and sessions focus on four main strands: prevention and planning; intervention and response; policies, regulations, and leadership; and career and workforce development.



January 14-15, 2020
NIU Naperville
1120 E. Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL 60563

January 16-17, 2020
IEA Professional Development Center
3440 Liberty Drive, Springfield, IL 62704


One day of the conference is dedicated to full-day workshops and the other day is focused on 60-minute breakout sessions. Attendees may register for one or both days. The workshop day occurs on January 14 at the Naperville location and January 17 at the Springfield location. The breakout sessions occur on January 15 at the Naperville location and January 16 at the Springfield location.


Workshops and sessions at SecurED Schools will be beneficial to technology leaders (CTOs, Technology Directors, IT Managers), IT staff (network engineers, IT support staff), and district and building administrators, as well as all staff who are responsible for collecting, maintaining, reporting, certifying, and/or protecting and securing student data and the educational environment.

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Conference Fees

One-Day, Workshops (January 14 or 17): $50
One-Day, Breakout Sessions (January 15 or 16): $35
Two-day Pass: $85

Workshops and Breakout Sessions

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS for January 14 and January 17

Creating a Cybersecurity Plan from the Ground Up

All school districts — large and small, urban and rural — need a cybersecurity plan. Participants will take a deep dive into the elements of cybersecurity plan, gaining exposure to three leading frameworks: Nationwide Cybersecurity Review (NCSR), the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF), and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Top 20. An emphasis will be placed on strategies that prevent 90% of vulnerabilities. During the workshop, attendees will complete the NCSR and NIST assessments and then align the results to the CIS Top 20 in order to identify areas of growth. Collaboration and networking with other administrative and technology leaders will play an integral role in the day’s activities.

Presenters: Ben Bayle, Ben Yochem, Marco Robles, Dekalb 428

Development of a Data Privacy Plan

Superintendents, Building Administrators, and Technology Leaders play a critical role in the district’s Data Privacy Plan. With recent passage of Public Act 101-0516 in August, which becomes effective on July 1, 2021, districts are required to have a Data Privacy Plan. This workshop will provide strategies, tools, and resources to develop your district’s plan. Collaboration and networking with other administrative and technology leaders will play an integral role in the day’s activities.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS for January 15 and January 16

Coming November 1

Frequently Asked questions

  • When will I pay?

    The Learning Technology Center will send an invoice to the billing address listed on the registration form after the event occurs. The Learning Technology Center only accepts checks as payment. Please may checks out to Learning Technology Center. Send checks to Learning Technology Center, 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, IL 61822.

  • What if I register and need to cancel?

    If you must cancel for any reason you must notify us in writing at least 5 days before the conference. Cancellations within 5 days of the event are non-refundable.

  • When will this be held next year?

    Future dates will be posted by March, 2020.