School Security :: February 12, 2008

The 2 Mistakes Schools Make in Deploying Wireless Networks

An interview with WiFi expert Frank Keeney

When the School District of Philadelphia announced last fall that it was deploying wireless Internet access at every school in the district--some 268 campuses--it was hyped as one of the world's largest enterprise wireless local area networks. Aside from the scale of the project (which involves the equivalent of 14,000 access points), the news barely raised an eyebrow among K-12 administrators. After all, announcements of new school deployments of WiFi have practically become a monthly occurrence on THEJournal.com....

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School Security News

OpenDNS To Launch Free Web Filtering for Education

Just what is "people-powered security?" It's how OpenDNS describes its forthcoming Web filtering solution targeted toward education. The service, set to launch later this month, taps into the expertise of IT professionals in schools (and in the private sector) to create a sort of reverse social tagging, blocking potentially dangerous sites based on users' experiences. Like all of OpenDNS' services, this new one is free, including support for deployment and integration in existing campus infrastructures....

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Alabama School District Implements Emergency Alert as Part of VoIP Rollout

Alabama's Elmore County Public School District has completed its installation of an Internet protocol (IP) communications platform, which integrates district-wide emergency alert capabilities....

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Missouri School District Goes High Tech with Emergency Planning

The Hannibal School District in Missouri is the latest to take advantage of an all-hazards preparedness program offered free to public and private schools in the state by the Missouri Office of Homeland Security....

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Unwanted Attention More Common in Chat Rooms and IM than Social Networking Sites

A study just published in the journal Pediatrics reports that young people are more likely to be exposed to unwanted solicitations in instant messaging (IM) and chat rooms than through social networking sites....

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Internet Traffic Control Software Enhanced

Lightspeed Systems, a company that makes security programs for the educational market, announced a new release of Total Traffic Control, which controls access to the Internet. The application's core functionality includes content filtering, spam management, bandwidth management, reporting, anti-virus, message journaling, and layered security....

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Network Access Control Adds Self-Service Registration for Users and Devices

Lockdown Networks has upgraded its network access control (NAC) solution, Lockdown Enforcer, implementing new features that simplify initial setup and user and device registration. A NAC ensures that only authorized users and policy-compliant devices can be added to an enterprise networks and provides a centralized mechanism for responding to malware outbreaks and other security events....

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Blackboard Academic Suite 8 Integrates Plagiarism Prevention

Blackboard has released version 8 of the Blackboard Academic Suite 8. The latest release of the learning management system for academic institutions adds a variety of enhancements driven in large part by feedback from the user community, including improvements for administrators and IT, student self- and peer assessments, improved grading features, and the integration of Blackboard's SafeAssign, a plagiarism detection and prevention service....

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Internet Security: Getting Involved To Keep Kids Safe

"What has the Internet brought?" That was the opening question posed to the audience in late January at FETC 2008 by speaker William Piotrowski during a session on Internet safety. Piotrowski, along with main presenter, Jonathan King, addressed issues related to the increase of available online technologies and their implications on the safety and security of today's children....

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NetSupport Debuts Desktop Mass Notification System

School security solution provider NetSupport has debuted a new notification system targeted not at cell phones or e-mail clients, but at desktops. The new system, NetSupport Notify, is now in beta and is being shown off at NetSupport's booth at the FETC conference going on this week in Orlando, FL....

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GigaFin, Amer.com Partner for K-12 Network Control

GigaFin Networks and Amer.com are partnering up to provide network services for K-12 institutions. The partnership, announced at the FETC conference in Orlando, FL Jan. 22, aims to "help education administrators curb bandwidth drainage and ensure networks are free of misuse."...

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