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It's not often you get invited to speak at someone's 75th anniversary, so we are especially proud that CIRA has been invited to discuss ransomware and other malware protection for schools and students at the upcoming Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) Annual Conference in Ottawa.

The 75th edition of the annual OASBO conference will bring together professionals from a variety of backgrounds to share and promote best practices for schools to provide the best learning environment possible for Ontario students.

The conference includes a variety of motivational keynotes along with best practices covering leadership, budgeting, management and more. CIRA's own Sarah Brimacombe will be speaking about internet security in school environments. This is a topic of specific interest as CIRA D-Zone DNS Firewall already protects hundreds of thousands of students in school boards across Canada. School environments offer a unique security challenge for IT administrators as they combine administrative staff, faculty and students, each with different uses for and connections to the internet.

In addition to CIRA's participation, we are keenly interested to hear the presentation by Daniel Michaluk, partner with Hicks Morley LLP, and Tammy Hicks, director of risk management at OSBIE, on the legal issues and risk associated with cybercrime in the school environment.

Another interesting technology-related presentation will discuss how the Internet of Things impacts privacy and Canadian law. Samuel Trosow, associate professor at the University of Western Ontario, will present this fascinating topic and discuss the advanced information systems that collect, store, evaluate, and use the data linked to individuals.

The agenda is packed with topics of interest to school administrators, parents and anyone with a stake in our education system. What is truly interesting is the focus on the business of running a school as a complement to the core function of educating students.

If you are looking for more information on the OASBO 75th Annual Conference, visit their website or follow the conversation from May 9-11 on Twitter using the hashtag #OASBO75.