The Weidenhammer Blog

Vulnerability Assessment vs. Penetration Testing – “Yea, that’s what I want!”

June 28th, 2016 | Category: Business Consulting, Network Security, Technology

As I continue to engage prospective clients regarding their security needs, there seems to be clear confusion in the industry regarding the difference between Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing.   Vulnerability Assessment Surprisingly, whether you are required to conduct security assessments due to regulatory requirements or if you are simply taking steps to establish or…

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Technology Planning? E-rate Says: “Fuggedaboutit”

September 16th, 2015 | Category: Business Consulting, Technology

I simply don’t understand E-rate’s rationale for the elimination of the Technology Plan approval requirement within the E-rate application process. I cringe when I think of districts attempting to navigate strategic technology planning and budgeting without a plan. Currently most districts take their cue from their respective state department of education. Although some states still…

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Apps – The New Challenge for Educational IT Leaders

August 11th, 2015 | Category: Business Consulting, Technology

I recently attended the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia (International Society for Technology in Education). Year after year, the numbers of companies developing their classroom applications are increasing exponentially. The market is becoming saturated with large, well-known players as well as small, up-and-comers. With many apps available in the popular mobile device marketplaces, such as Google…

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Assessing eRate 2.0 – Part Two

January 8th, 2015 | Category: Business Consulting, Technology

Last week during the first of a two-part series of blog posts, I discussed the modifications and changes associated with eRate 2.o and I asked, what do these changes mean for districts seeking eRate help to connect a campus? Today, I’m going to tell you. One thing is very clear; strategic planning has never been…

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Assessing eRate 2.0

January 2nd, 2015 | Category: Technology, Uncategorized

Recently, many schools have come to the conclusion that the eRate program, although well-intentioned, has become less and less fruitful. The processes of planning, application, and support documentation have become a tremendous burden. Since the creation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the eventual eRate program order in May of the following year, eRate…

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