School Security :: May13, 2008

Security in a Small School District

The Osage County R-II School District in Osage County, Missouri, is tiny--600 to 650 students, according to Richard Becker, technology coordinator. Yet it faces the same computer security challenges of larger districts with far fewer resources--a scarcity of resources that includes staffing. Becker himself makes up half of the entire technical team....

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School Security News

Prep School Rolls Out Internet Security System

John Paul II High School, a coeducational Catholic college preparatory school in Plano, TX, has selected Dallas-based DeepNines Technologies' iTrust security platform to control emerging Internet threats....

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LanSchool 7.1 Adds Blocking and Monitoring Features

LanSchool Technologies this week released LanSchool 7.1, an update to the company's classroom monitoring and control software suite designed to limit what students can do with their computers. Version 7.1 adds new device blocking and monitoring capabilities and also includes performance and usability enhancements....

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Children's Way Beefs Up Security in K-6 Virtual World

Non-profit developer Children's Way Foundation has teamed with eGuardian to bolster security on its Woogi World, an online virtual world for K-6 students. The agreement allows Woogi World to incorporate eGuardian's online verification service as a means of safeguarding kids from online strangers who might be posing as other children....

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School Web Lockers Debuts 'Profanity Filter'

Web technology provider School Web Lockers has launched a new service for its collaboration and file sharing system: profanity filters....

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SafeSchools, Keenan To Launch Safety Training for California Schools

Keenan & Associates and SafeSchools have joined forces to create an online training program for California public educational agencies. Beginning this summer, Keenan will provide all of its property and casualty clients with access to these training tools through "Keenan SafeSchools," a Web-based delivery system for safety and risk management training modules....

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Long Island District Deploys Network Cameras

The Long Beach City School District in Long Island, NY is using network cameras from Axis Communications to provide surveillance at its schools. Designed by A+ Technology Solutions, the system leverages the district's existing infrastructure and provides the benefit of high-resolution clarity for positive identification....

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Microsoft Proposes Cross-Industry Effort To Address Online Trust Challenge

Microsoft Corp. has initiated a call for action to address the future of security and privacy on the Internet. In a speech by Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie, the company proposed "End to End Trust," a pitch for organizations, including vendors and user organizations, to work together to create a more secure and trusted online environment....

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Information Security Set for Explosive Growth

Driven by compliance and public confidence issues, information security is expected to expand dramatically over the next few years, according to new research released by Frost & Sullivan and (ISC)². Worldwide, the number of information security professionals will grow from 1.66 million in 2007 to about 2.7 million in 2012, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 10 percent....

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Virtual Security Gets a Boost

How secure is your virtual environment? Recent US-CERT Cyber Security Bulletins list several vulnerabilities for versions of software from VMware that allow attackers to cause denial of service attacks, generate buffer overflows, expose password logging and gain unauthorized privileges that can be used to hijack processes. The exposures have been addressed in patches by the company, but concern has been growing that virtual machines may get less security-related attention from IT staff than physical boxes....

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Hoax Subpoena E-Mails Shine Light on 'Spearphishing'

Last week, hundreds of executives at some of America's most well-known companies received e-mails that they probably didn't want to get--even if those messages weren't a hoax....

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