Join us for an in-depth exploration of strategic planning and assessing your school’s cybersecurity strategy. In this session, a pair of cyber security experts from Compass IT Compliance will leverage their experience to provide tailored insights and methodologies for independent schools. They will delve into the specific challenges and opportunities that schools like yours face in maintaining a secure environment for their data, staff, and students. 

This session will address the general principles of security strategy formulation and focus on the nuanced needs of independent schools. From safeguarding sensitive student data to ensuring compliance with evolving regulations, presenters Jerry and CJ will guide you through creating a comprehensive, effective security plan.

You’ll come away from this webinar with:

  1. Customized Security Frameworks: Learn how to create and implement a security strategy that focuses on the unique vulnerabilities in your school, while also taking care to align with compliance requirements in the education sector.
  2. Advanced Assessment Techniques: Gain insights into specialized assessment methods to identify and prioritize threats specific to your school. 
  3. Balancing Technology and Policy: Discover strategies for integrating cutting-edge security technologies with robust policy frameworks to protect digital and physical educational environments.
  4. Cultivating a Culture of Security: Understand the importance of fostering a security-aware culture among students, faculty, and staff, and learn practical ways to promote this mindset.
  5. Adapting to Evolving Threats: Explore how to keep your security strategy agile and responsive to new challenges and threats in the dynamic landscape of private education.

This webinar is designed for your entire information technology and systems teams and all others who are responsible for cybersecurity in your school.

Date & Venue

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
1:00 – 2:00 PM
This session will be presented virtually via Zoom.


This session is free of charge to AISNE members.


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About the Facilitators

Jerry Hughes, Co-Founder, Compass IT Compliance
Jerry Hughes, a founding member of Compass IT Compliance, has more than 35 years of experience helping companies become compliant with internal, industry, and government regulations such as PCI-DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and GLBA. Mr. Hughes, a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) has extensive IT auditing experience, especially within the education sector. He carries an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics for Engineers and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island.


CJ Hurd, Senior Vice President of the Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) program, Compass IT Compliance
CJ Hurd holds more than 20 years of experience across the information technology and cybersecurity landscape. He retired from the Coast Guard in 2018 after 21 years of active-duty service, where he was named the Coast Guard’s Information Security Officer of the year in 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as being named the Department of Homeland Security’s Information Security Officer of the year in 2016. CJ holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) certifications. In his role at Compass IT Compliance, CJ leads a team of Virtual CISOs that work with organizations of all sizes and across varying industries to develop, implement, enhance, and manage their cybersecurity programs. Serving as an organization’s Virtual CISO, members of CJ’s team oversee the strategic and operational aspects of the Information Security Program as well as work to identify and remediate realized or potential security threats within an organization’s environment.

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