School Climate & Safety News in Brief

Former Google Leaks Investigator Hired as Broward District’s Security Chief

By Tribune News Service — February 26, 2019 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The Broward County school board has hired a new security chief whose background includes investigating employees who divulged secrets at Google.

Superintendent Robert Runcie recommended Brian Katz for the newly created position of chief of safety, security, and emergency preparedness.

According to his job description, Katz will oversee emergency preparations, risk management, and school security officers for the Florida district. He will coordinate the placement of school resource officers with the Broward sheriff’s office and local police agencies.

From 2011 to 2017, Katz worked as director of personal protective services at Google, according to his résumé. During that time, he was head of leak investigations, tracing how company information made its way to the public.

He will join a school district known for its secrecy. The South Florida Sun Sentinel has reported how the district made a persistent effort to keep people from finding out what went wrong in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, which killed 17 people last February.

For months, the district delayed or withheld records, refused to publicly assess the role of employees, spread misinformation, and even sought to jail reporters who published the truth.

One of the first—and few—investigations the school district launched was into who leaked academic records of the gunman.

But Katz said he doesn’t expect the job he would be doing to focus on leak investigations. He said he doesn’t see that need at the school district.

He said the district was more interested in his work in physical security, including working from 2004 to 2010 as a special agent for the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service division.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the February 27, 2019 edition of Education Week as Former Google Leaks Investigator Hired as Broward District’s Security Chief

Events

Classroom Technology K-12 Essentials Forum How to Teach Digital & Media Literacy in the Age of AI
Join this free event to dig into crucial questions about how to help students build a foundation of digital literacy.
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Principals, Lead Stronger in the New School Year
Join this free virtual event for a deep dive on the skills and motivation you need to put your best foot forward in the new year.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Privacy & Security Webinar
Navigating Modern Data Protection & Privacy in Education
Explore the modern landscape of data loss prevention in education and learn actionable strategies to protect sensitive data.
Content provided by  Symantec & Carahsoft

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School Climate & Safety Video Should Teachers Carry Guns? How Two Principals Answer This Question
One has two armed school employees. The other thinks arming teachers is a bad idea.
4 min read
People hold signs in the gallery against a bill that would allow some teachers to be armed in schools during a legislative session in the House chamber on April 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn.
People hold signs in the gallery against a bill that would allow some teachers to be armed in schools during a legislative session in the House chamber on April 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn.
George Walker IV/AP
School Climate & Safety Former Uvalde Police Chief Indicted Over Response to Robb Elementary Shooting
The former chief and another former officer face felony charges of child endangerment and abandonment.
3 min read
Flowers are placed around a welcome sign outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, to honor the victims killed in Tuesday's shooting at the school.
Flowers are placed around a welcome sign outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, to honor the victims killed in the shooting at the school.
Jae C. Hong/AP
School Climate & Safety Can a Teachers' 'Bill of Rights' Bring Order to the Classroom?
Alabama's new law gives teachers the authority to remove misbehaving students from class.
4 min read
Image of a student sitting outside of a doorway.
DigitalVision
School Climate & Safety Gaming Is Part of Teen Life. These Districts Use It for Better Student Outcomes
Scholastic esports is attracting students who would otherwise not participate in extracurricular activities.
4 min read
Connor Allen, of Cranberry, Pa. picks his character before a round of "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" during the Steel City Showdown esports tournament at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, on May 11, 2019 in Pittsburgh.
Students get ready before an esports tournament at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, on May 11, 2019 in Pittsburgh.
Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP