Russ Johnson

CEO, True North Consulting Group

Russ began his career in 1998 as Managing Principal and Chief Executive Officer of a regional technology integrator. Wearing many hats, he sought to become an expert in as many technologies as possible by achieving associate, professional and expert certifications in routing, switching, unified communications, wireless, data center, storage, and several others. For over 15 years, this company would grow to nearly 150 employees and $50 million in sales under his leadership. Recognizing the need for capable and unbiased technology advisors, Russ assembled the best in the business and together founded True North Consulting Group in 2014. Over time, the remaining operations of Elert & Associates came to be integrated into the True North Consulting Group family. Today, True North Consulting Group consists of nearly 50 consultants and holds true to the heritage and culture that sparked the creation of each. Russ is married to Dr. Mandy Johnson, an elementary school principal in Central Texas. Passionate about public education, they created a weekly Twitter chat called #EDpiper to help both newer and seasoned educators discuss timely topics in today’s world of education. Together they have seven daughters: Brittany, Emily, Lindsay, Viola, Betsy, Elena, and Kennedy.

11 AM - 12 PM EDT

Thursday, August 6

Sentry Managed Cybersecurity – Districts Combined are Stronger than Districts Apart

Senate Bill 820 is just the beginning! The State of Texas will continue to review,  modify, and adopt into law minimum requirements for cybersecurity policies, communication, frameworks, transparency, and other standards. As K12 technology teams continue to address the many demands placed onto them, True North has stepped up to offer a service to help districts of all sizes address the cybersecurity challenges that exist for us all – talent shortage, 24x7x365 detection and response, rising costs and risks, and overwhelming alert and event fatigue.Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we highlight True North’s Managed Cybersecurity Services offering, Sentry. We will also share how ESC Region X is leveraging this service to offer combined protection of over 1,000,000 North Texas Students!