School Security :: May 8, 2007

Security Spotlight

Long Odds, Short Fuses

Developing sound security policy in the midst of hysteria

Following last month's unprecedented massacre at Virginia Tech, security has, once again, temporarily moved to the top of the policy agenda in schools. As educators, parents, school staff, and concerned human beings in general, we all want to provide the absolute safest environment possible for the children in our care. Incidents of violence on college and school campuses remind us of our vulnerabilities. Couple this feeling of vulnerability with major media coverage, and we wind up with pressures both internal and external pushing administrators into immediate action....

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School Security News

THE Journal 2007 Innovator Awards Open

You're doing great things with technology at school--we want to know about them. We seek exemplary K-12 schools and districts, their visionary technology project leadership, and their innovative vendor partners who have deployed extraordinary technology solutions to school challenges. Could you be one of this year's recognized technology leaders? T.H.E. Journal's 2007 Innovators will be featured in the December issue.

Nominate your institution, technology project leader(s), and vendor partner(s) by June 30!...

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Orange Country DoE To Deploy SEMS

The Orange County Department of Education in California will implement a new Safety and Emergency Management System (SEMS) from Maxxess Systems, a provider of network-based security systems. The contract calls for Maxxess to install the system at several schools over the next few months....

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Virginia District To Deploy Novell Security Systems

Fairfax County Public Schools recently developed a five-year plan to implement Novell security and identity technology for their districts websites. The technology is designed to help districts manage security and identity issues for its constantly changing student population and meet government regulations....

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Miami-Dade Renews Desktop Security

Miami-Dade Public Schools, the fourth-largest school district in the nation, is implementing new security measures to protect its 90,000 desktops and 50,000 e-mail accounts from spam, viruses, worms, spyware, and unwanted applications....

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Chicago Area Districts Aim to Enhance Parent Communications

The greater Chicago area's Oak Lawn-Hometown School District, New Lenox School District, and Oswego Community Unit School District will use Minneapolis, MN-based Honeywell's Instant Alert for Schools to improve communications with parents....

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Districts Adopt NetSupport to Manage Student Computers

NetSupport Inc. has reported that several districts and individual schools around the country have adopted NetSupport products to provide control over students' computer systems....

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Coming Up

T.H.E. Journal Opportunities

Share Your Best Practices

T.H.E. Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles for future issues and for our eNewsletter, T.H.E. SmartClassroom:

  • School Perspectives - discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.
  • Case Studies - have you implemented technology and learned a lot from the experience? If so, share your efforts about what worked -- and what didn't.

If you have a potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail editorial@thejournal.com

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