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Cybersecurity Workshop

Veracross and ATLIS Cybersecurity Workshop: Keeping Our Schools Safe

March 5, 2020
9AM - 4PM

Please note, there will be a reception from 4pm-5pm at the conclusion of the event.

Veracross is excited to be partnering with ATLIS to offer a cybersecurity workshop at the Veracross offices in Wakefield, Massachusetts (15 miles north of Boston). The event will include opportunities to discuss best practices with peer institutions as well as provide valuable resources specifically for technology leaders in independent schools. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is for both Veracross and non-Veracross schools.

Registration - $150


Questions? Contact Keith Krass.


  • Minding the Gap: The technical side of security & compliance
  • Sharing the Load: Security responsibilities for you and your vendor
  • Safety First: MFA rollout at a Veracross school
  • Cybersecurity: I'm overwhelmed; where should I start?


  • Cybersecurity in Plain English
  • How Easy Is It For Our Students to Hack Us?
  • The Anatomy of a Cyber Attack
  • Leadership Conversations in Cybersecurity: Having bold conversations with administrators

Please note: Sessions are subject to change


Presenters include both Veracross engineers and experts in the field of cybersecurity for independent schools.

Denise Musselwhite, Chief Information Officer at Trinity Preparatory School

Denise Musselwhite is a passionate servant leader nationally known for outstanding technology leadership in independent schools. She is an innovative visionary with keen technical expertise who specializes in strategic planning, leadership development, and project management. Denise has served as the Chief Information Officer at Trinity Preparatory School since 2000. Over her more than 20 year career, she has been a featured speaker and consultant in the United States and in Europe. Denise in partnership with ATLIS co-created the “Cybersecurity in Independent Schools" 2-day workshop and has served on its faculty since 2016; she also serves on the ATLIS' Executive Board as secretary.

Patrick Godfrey, Chief Information Officer at Rowland Hall (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Founder of Slickrock Security

Patrick has worked in the education and small business markets for over 25 years. For the past 20 years, he has worked at Rowland Hall as their network manager, director of technology, and CIO. Additionally, he is the co-founder of Slickrock Security which specializes in cybersecurity best practices for schools and small businesses.

Buddy Pitt, Director of Client Success at The Network Support Company

Throughout his 20+ year career, Buddy has worked in almost every aspect of the IT industry. He has become an expert in cybersecurity – including malware, ransomware, botnets, internet traffic, monitoring and reporting – and it’s ever-changing landscape. Buddy leads security awareness seminars throughout the US especially in support of the legal, hospitality, education and finance industries

Mike Martell Ph.D., Director of DevOps at Veracross

Mike is the director of DevOps at Veracross and spends most of his time focusing on infrastructure security and stability. Before joining the company in early 2017, Mike got his Ph.D. in computational physics in 2012 and went on to do intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance work for the US Department of Defense and several other agencies. Much of his work for the DoD focused on maintaining security, integrity, and secrecy for various government programs and assets.

Susan Davis, Director of Professional Development, ATLIS

One of the staff editors for the ATLIS Cybersecurity Recommendations, Susan has worked with community thought leaders to bring programming on cyber safety and risk management to numerous organizations and school technology leaders on behalf of ATLIS. These include a two-day immersive workshop, micro-courses, and shorter deep dive presentations. Prior to joining ATLIS in 2017, Susan was a teacher, speaker, blogger, online coach, technology director, and academic administrator over the course of her more than 30-year career in independent schools.

Jeff Fraser, Director of Engineering at Veracross

Jeff joined Veracross in 2008 as one of the first engineers. In addition to building user-facing functionality, he quickly became the primary architect for security, database, and infrastructure initiatives, as well as the underlying software application layer that Veracross is built on. He is now the head of Product Engineering and co-chair of the information security team.

Hotel Information

We recommend staying at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield, MA. The hotel is located 1 mile from our offices and provides a free shuttle to our complex.


401 Edgewater Place

Suite 360

Wakefield, MA 01880



401 Edgewater Place

Suite 360

Wakefield, MA 01880