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ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : IA-04-104

Date Created : 04/27/2004

Attention:

Superintendents
other: Technology Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Internal Administration - Dr. Bobbie Davis
Subject:
Teleconference on Virus Issues

Regulatory Authority:
N/A

Contact Person:
Dr. Bobbie Davis

Phone Number:
501-682-1297

E-mail:
bdavis@arkedu.k12.ar.us

The Department of Education announces an emergency video conference for Wednesday, April 28, 2004, beginning at 12:40 p.m. and concluding by 2:00 p.m. This conference will follow the Legislative Session Video Conference.

During the afternoon video conference, The State Security Offices (SSO) and Department of Information Systems (DIS) will focus on the recent virus activity on the state network. They will discuss ways that the state can better defend itself from future attacks. It has become increasingly apparent that viruses and worms are becoming more pervasive, more elusive and more difficult to eradicate.

Even though all state users of the network are experiencing this problem, public schools are faced with limited resources to fight the problem. Personnel from public schools, the DIS, and the State Security Office are spending large amounts of time cleaning up problems found as a result of these virus events. All state entities must work together to create defensive strategies and avenues of effective communication.

School Administrators, Technology Coordinators, APSCN Field Supervisors, and/or Network Administrators are asked to participate.

Agenda:

Introduction of ECIO and DIS staff

Roll Call of participating CIV sites and districts/co-ops in attendance

Overview of current virus threat - GAOBOT worm = Gary Underwood, ECIO/SSO & Darryl Joyce/Greg Allison, DIS Security

Review of ECIO/SSO standards = Kym Patterson, ECIO/SSO

Impact on state network = Rick Martin, DIS Enterprise Network Support

Review cleaning process = Steve Thomas & Dana Thompson, DIS APSCN Lead & Field Support

Review reported resolution issues = Steve Thomas & Dana Thompson, DIS APSCN Lead & Field Support

Review of current infected sites and need for assistance from Co-op staff = Debbie Martin, DIS Operations Center Support

Disable infected sites from state network = Gary Underwood

Strategies for better communication = Gary Underwood & Keith Glover, DIS Call Center/Help Desk Support

Strategies for future prevention = DIS team

Questions/Comments/Wrap up

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