Assistant Commissioner, Research and Technology
As assistant commissioner, Don Benton oversees technology initiatives and resources such as DESE’s Ambassador Academy, Arkansas Digital Sandbox and Student GPS dashboards. He also oversees the Arkansas Public School Computer Network, which includes eSchoolPlus. Benton oversees various initiatives for Arkansas including: Virtual Arkansas, TEAM DIGITAL, and Arkansas Educational Service Cooperative Technology Coordinators. Before joining the DESE team in September 2018, Benton served as an assistant professor in educational leadership at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, a position he held since 2009, while developing programming to shift all leadership classes to virtual and hybrid models. He also has been the director of the Hot Springs Technology Institute since 1998 and founded Schools Without Walls, which provides professional development for technology leaders and educators, in 2010. He also previously served as the director of technology and information, information technology security officer/disaster recovery, technology plan developer and E-Rate coordinator at the Hot Springs School District. Don has worked in many consulting and board roles during his 27+ years in education. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education (Vocational Business Education and German), a Master of Science in Education (P-12 Building Level Leadership Licensure) and an Education Specialist in District Level Leadership (Superintendent Licensure) from Henderson State University. He is finishing a second Education Specialist degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University in Idaho. For a more in-depth look at his credentials you can view his professional website at www.donaldbenton.com.
11:15 AM - 12:00 NN Thu, Oct 21, 2021 TBC
P-12 Cyber Threat Response Team - Information Security AwarenessArkansas’ P-12 Cyber Threat Response Team represents a collaborative effort among Arkansas Cooperative Technology Coordinators, Arkansas Team Digital, the Arkansas Division of Information Systems, and other stakeholders. The Cyber Threat Response Team is a group of IT professionals who are willing and ready to provide on-site support at no cost to school districts when dealing with cyber attacks.
- Why should you build a P-12 level cyber response team?
- What collaborative units will you include when building a cyber response team for P-12 partners?
- How will you sustain a P-12 cyber response team?
- Participants will gain an understanding of why we had to do to build a P-12 cyber response team.
- Participants will learn what units should be included in building a collaborative response team.
- Participants will learn about strategies we are using to sustain a collaborative statewide team effort for P-12 support.