WiscNet Fall Tour: Join Us In Green Bay and Madison

WiscNet Fall Tour: Join Us In Green Bay and Madison

We’re entering the third week of our WiscNet Fall Tour 2014. Up next: Green Bay and Madison! Diane Doersch from the Green Bay Area Public Schools will be hosting this coming Friday, October 3rd. This meeting is open to everybody in the surrounding area. Please RSVP on the registration link below. (Hopefully the Packers will start strong against the Vikings and allow us to get some sleep the night before. #gopackgo).

Friday, October 3 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Green Bay, Wisconsin [Register]
Green Bay Area Public Schools
District Office Building
200 S. Broadway St
Green Bay, WI 54303
Room 138B

Heads up, Madison. Tuesday, October 14 is now confirmed. We’ll be at the Marriott-Madison West from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to brief folks in this neck of the woods. Again, open to anybody in the region interested in poking their head under the tent.

Tuesday, October 14 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Madison, Wisconsin [Register]
Madison Marriott West
313 John Q Hammons Dr
Middleton, WI 53562

We have had great meetings with the CESA Instructional Technology Coordinators Council, the Wisconsin Technical College System CIO’s, K12 district administrators at the WASDA Fall Conference, and folks from the Eau Claire area in recent weeks. This week we have meetings with community leaders in Kenosha as well as K12 library and IT folk in the CESA #12 area of Wisconsin. It’s truly exciting to sit down with folks and hear where you are at while sharing a bit about WiscNet.

For more information on upcoming events (including a number of smaller, special meetings) visit http://wiscnet.net/fall-tour-2014/.

Fall Wisconsin Leaves

Upcoming Fall Tour Dates

Wednesday, October 29 – Time TBD – La Crosse, Wisconsin [Register]
Tuesday, December 9 – Time TBD – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (SLATE 2014) [Register]
Thursday, January 22 – Time TBD – Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Education Convention 2015) [Register]

Recent Denial of Service Attacks on WiscNet Members

Recent Denial of Service Attacks on WiscNet Members

One of WiscNet’s member organizations has recently been targeted with a series of significant denial of service attacks. Usually, denial of service (DOS) attacks involve a mischievous student experimenting with script that might slow down a website or knock a server offline. According to our network engineers, “This ain’t that. This is the difference between punching you in the face and hiring the mob to hit you and your entire family. And your dog.”

Somebody is both disgruntled and well-funded enough to literally buy this attack off the black market that exists for this crazy stuff. These attacks are scheduled during the day, typically at the beginning/end of the semester in order to cause maximum disruption. In this case, the attacks go well beyond knocking out the intended target. These attacks are backing up traffic across WiscNet’s network, primarily in the Milwaukee region. Once they begin, our network engineers quickly diagnose and begin troubleshooting. The hard part…squelching each attack is a manual, human process. It feels a bit whack-a-mole as we work to solve the immediate problem while trying to understand the underlying issues.

The affected organization continues to work with the FBI to figure out who is behind this attack. While attacks of this scale are rare, we anticipate they will be more frequent and easier to pull off over time. WiscNet’s network operations center will continue to monitor, troubleshoot, and whack as necessary. Most importantly, we will continue to work with our members and colleagues locally, regionally, and nationally for solutions on behalf of the entire community.

As always, feel free to talk with WiscNet support if you have further questions or concerns.

WiscNet Fall Tour Update – September 2014

WiscNet Fall Tour Update – September 2014

WiscNet is kicking off our WiscNet Fall Tour 2014 starting this week with the CESA Instructional Technology Services Council in Portage, Wisconsin. Between September and January we plan to hit upwards of 30 meetings, conferences, and other gatherings of the WiscNet membership to talk about connecting people and strategies. A few meetings are open to the general public:

Tuesday, September 23 – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Eau Claire, Wisconsin [Register]
Friday, October 3 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Green Bay, Wisconsin [Register]
Tuesday, October 14 – Time TBD – Madison, Wisconsin [Register]
Wednesday, October 29 – Time TBD – La Crosse, Wisconsin [Register]
Tuesday, December 9 – Time TBD – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (SLATE 2014) [Register]
Thursday, January 22 – Time TBD – Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Education Convention 2015) [Register]

For more information on upcoming events (including a number of smaller, special meetings) visit http://wiscnet.net/fall-tour-2014/. We will also be reaching out to colleagues in other communities to help host events throughout the coming months.