Annual Member Conference - 2020 CEN Member Conference
For 20 years, CEN has been Connecticut’s premier provider of high-performance Internet services for all Connecticut’s communities. Join us, May 7-8, 2020, at the 2020 CEN Member Conference to celebrate this major milestone and to participate in an expanded two day event featuring more training, collaboration, education, and networking than ever before! You can also expect an enjoyable look at CEN’s founding, growth, and future plans.
Since 2000, CEN has been accelerating the progress of our members by providing reliable, low latency, high-speed networking and security services. CEN is the provider of choice for organizations that demand exceptional value, performance, and highly personalized service.
Webinar - Important and Time Sensitive E-Rate News - Category 2 Enhancements
Friday, 1/31, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Category 2 E-Rate rules and budgets have been recently changed providing increased benefits to K-12 districts/schools and libraries. There are applicable changes to the current E-Rate Funding Year 2020 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) and to future years. This webinar provided by CEN and E-Rate Provider Services included a description of those changes and an explanation of how your organization can benefit.
Topics covered included:
- Additional budget for Funding Year 2020
- Districtwide budget and rule changes for Funding Year 2021 and beyond
- Example budget calculations
- Eligible CEN services
Strategic Planning Workshops - CEN Town Hall Meetings
The CEN Team invited our members to join us for Town Hall style meetings. We met in-person with our members from across the state to share important CEN updates, to hear your feedback, and to learn more about how we can grow together. Last year, we had great success with similar meetings to collaborate on the development of CEN’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. At our upcoming Town Hall meetings, members heard more about the goals of that plan and what it means for you and your organization.
We offered meetings at these locations around the state:
CEN Forum - Protecting Our Communities from Ransomware Attacks
We were joined by CEN community members, security experts, and homeland security representatives for an important CEN Forum - Protecting Our Communities from Ransomware Attacks on November, 19 at Central Connecticut State University.
News stories are plentiful of cities and towns paying tens of thousands of dollars to ransomware hackers to get their data back, and this does not include the millions spent in cleanup and in rebuilding a network following an attack. Ransomware attacks are perhaps the greatest current threat to our members' networks, private data, operational continuity, and financial health.
Quarterly Training Sessions - Cyber Defense Clinic
Quarterly Training Session - Digital Accessibility Workshop
The third quarterly training was held on June 6, 2019. This presentation included an overview of global standards for digital accessibility, the broad and narrow applications of digital accessibility, technology used to address accessibility and accommodations, training and resources available for faculty, staff, and students, and guidance on how to draft a plan for universal institutional accessibility. The training took place at CCSU and was streamed to ECSU, SCSU, WCSU, and UCONN Stamford. Stay tuned for details on the next quarterly training.
Annual Member Conference - 2019 CEN Member Conference
The CEN member conference is a unique opportunity to join over 500 of your colleagues and industry experts in a one day event geared to educate, communicate and collaborate about common issues in cybersecurity, community best practices, education and innovation, and technology community awareness. Last year's conference featured a keynote by Dr Kate Darling of MIT, 28 parallel sessions to choose from, hot lunch and more! You can view a photo gallery from this event on our Conference page.
Quarterly Training Session - Broadband Tool Kit Workshop
The second quarterly training took place February 22, 2019. The "Toward Gigabit Libraries" project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), has created a "Broadband Toolkit" and customized "Broadband Improvement Plan" designed to help public and tribal librarians learn about their current broadband infrastructure and internal information technology (IT) environment. This interactive training took place in at the CT State Library Service Center in Middletown and was steamed live to libraries in Stratford, Old Saybrook, Mansfield, and Litchfield.
Strategic Planning Workshops - Fairfield County
The second CEN Strategic Planning Workshop took place on January 25, 2019 from 10:00am- 2:00pm in Newtown. Each workshop offered CEN members, staff, and other stake holders the opportunity to help analyze and create CEN's: Mission and Purpose, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, and Strategies for the Future.
Strategic Planning Workshops - Hartford County
The first CEN Strategic Planning Workshop took place January 22, 2019 from 10:00am- 2:00pm at CEN in Hartford. Each workshop offered CEN members, staff, and other stake holders the opportunity to help analyze and create CEN's: Mission and Purpose, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, and Strategies for the Future.
Quarterly Training Session - K-12 Student Data Privacy
The first training, K-12 Student Data Privacy session was held at Central Connecticut State University on November 20th and was streamed live to ESCU, SCSU, WCSU, CEN Hartford, and the Ferguson Library in Stamford to ensure convenience to CEN members from all over the state. 211 CEN members registered for the event, and approximately 190 participated.