School Security :: September 9, 2008

Security Spotlight

Trussville City Schools Regains Control of Its Network

If you were designing a new school district network, what forms of security would you implement? That was the challenge faced by Shawn Nutting, director of technology for Trussville City Schools in Alabama. On July 1 three years ago, Trussville became an independent school district when it broke off from the considerably larger Jefferson County School System in Birmingham, AL.

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School Security News

Strong Rock Christian School Tracks Visitors with WiFi-based RFID

Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, GA recently implemented technology from AeroScout as a safety application to track visitors in real time over its WiFi network.

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Arkansas District Deploys AVG for Network Protection

Arkadelphia Public Schools in Arkansas has switched to AVG Anti-Virus-- with the help of value-added technology distributor, Walling Data Systems--to secure the district's network of more than 700 workstations.

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Alerts.com Announces Free Messaging and Emergency Notification System for Schools

During the company's presentation at DEMOfall 08, Alerts.com announced the launch of its free school alert notification and messaging system, MySchoolAlerts.

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Genetec Releases New Version of IP Access Control

Genetec has released version 2.0 of its IP access control security application, Synergis. The program provides a unified security console through two modules. SecurityDesk allows the user to control and monitor the security system by consolidating video, audio, and access control data into one interface. ConfigTool is an interface for managing users, cardholders, access credentials, schedules, and hardware devices. It also provides reporting capabilities.

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PIER Updates Collaboration System for Emergency Response

PIER Systems has launched version 6.0 of the PIER--Public Information Emergency Response--system. The intent of the PIER program is to allow public affairs staff to draft, edit, and send out a message to multiple audiences directly, without having to go through conventional mass communication channels. PIER also allows users to send out notifications such as SMS text messages, manage public inquiries and respond to media effectively.

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$96,000 System Checks for Sex Offenders at New Orleans Schools

After a two-year pilot, schools in the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools in New Orleans will be implementing new visitor ID scanners to check visitors against the National Registry of Sex Offenders. The system, put together by ID Group in Jackson, MS, includes scanners, software, printers, and badges. It cost $96,000 and will cover 52 schools.

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Microsoft To Expand Security Lifecycle Expertise

Microsoft is crossing the aisles to see the security process through from start to finish--not just internally, but for outside software developers too. The company plans to export its Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process to a greater extent by releasing tools and support to IT pros later this fall, Redmond said last week.

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