TCEA Technology Leadership Summit:

When Disaster Strikes – Protecting Critical Systems

October 11, 2017  |  TCEA Conference Center  |  Austin, Texas

A network operations center crash can happen even under the watch of the most diligent CTO. You can’t always completely avoid disaster, but what you can do is prepare for it. Join us for this invaluable learning opportunity where you’ll discover how to make an effective contingency plan for when disaster strikes. The summit will present several solutions and tips for planning that can help eliminate future headaches. We will discuss the key roles of infrastructure planning, public/private/hybrid cloud backup, and continuity in avoiding disastrous consequences. Don’t wait until it’s too late, and you have have student data or payroll in a tailspin. Come to this Technology Leadership Summit and leave with the vital information you need to protect the critical systems in your district.

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$125 – TCEA Member
$174 – Non-member

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8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Check-in, Coffee, and Networking
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Keynote “Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance: Not an Either/Or”
Michael Knight, President and CEO of Encore Technology Group
This valuable presentation discusses how only focusing on disaster recovery or business continuance can leave you without a lifeline when you need it most. Review strategies that enable both DR and BC and that will provide stability and sanity long term.

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Incident Response: Being Prepared
Frosty Walker, Chief Information Security Officer of Texas Education Agency
This presentation will cover incident response readiness. When a cybersecurity incident occurs, it is imperative to follow documented procedures to process it. Understanding the life cycle of an incident and how to use the Incident Red Team (IRT) Redbook, which contains the procedures and plans for such incidents, can be critical for success.

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11:15 a.m. – noon

Hybrid Cloud
David Carter, Director of Technical Solutions of Encore Technology Group
Learn about the best path to high availability and business continuance through hybrid cloud.

noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch (Provided)
1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Weathering the Storm
Dr. Kari Murphy, Chief Technology Officer of Deer Park ISD
As hurricanes with devastating consequences are more and more common, do you have a plan for how your data center will sustain the next storm? Deer Park ISD will share how they prepare for possible hurricanes and how they operated during Hurricane Ike in 2008.

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2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

I’ve Been Hacked – Now What?
David Carpenter, IT Director of Huffman ISD
Whether it’s a defacement, data theft, denial of service, or ransomware, there’s a common framework to use when responding to a security breach. In this informative session, a security consultant turned school technology director will share the steps you can take to respond to a security incident in your district.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Closing Session: Unconference Round Table Discussions
Participants will vote on their preferred round table discussions or volunteer to lead a round table discussion on one or more topics proposed through Dotstorming. Suggest your topics here and vote during the opening session of this event for your preferred topic to be discussed.


Limited sponsorship opportunities are available.

Silver Sponsor (No Table Top Display) $1,200 (Five Available)

  • Logo placement on screens during meal functions and general assemblies
  • Verbal recognition at the opening session
  • Logo placement in the final onsite materials
  • Sponsor recognition through logo placement in pre-conference email sent to all conference attendees

Gold Sponsor with Table Top Display $3,000 (Four Available)

  • Above listed items for Silver Sponsor package
  • Table top display with premier placement

Platinum with Table Top Display $4,500 (One Available)

  • Above listed items for both Silver and Gold Sponsor packages
  • The opportunity to address the audience and seat drop of your company’s collateral at the opening session or lunch


Miguel Guhlin
(512) 450-5392


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