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School Security :: October 14, 2008

Security Spotlight

Where Does Access Control Fit in the K-12 Security Mix?

As a part of overall security initiatives in schools, electronic access control is little used, according to a recent survey of school resource officers (SROs) and administrators in K-12. The survey revealed that only 28 percent of responding schools felt "extremely confident" in their ability to ensure perimeter doors would securely lock in case of an emergency lockdown; yet 91 percent of respondents said it was critical to be able to lock down the school in the event of an emergency.

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School Security News

Student Reports Intentional Security Breach in Greenville County

A student at a high school in South Carolina recently informed the district's technology services department that he was able to bypass security controls to gain unauthorized access to a district file server containing students' names, addresses, Medicaid ID numbers, and Social Security numbers.

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Knox County Schools Get Boost in Security Funding Following School Shooting Death

A month and a day after a high school shooting left a student dead, county commissioners in Knox County, TN have approved $195,000 for additional security mechanisms at Knox County Schools, the district where the shooting took place.

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East Grand Rapids Public Schools Deploys Avenda User Management Software

East Grand Rapids Public Schools has selected a network access control system from Avenda Systems to provide identity and resource management across the district. The software manages who can log in into the network and what those users can access. The district has about 2,800 students and is located in western Michigan.

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Survey Reports School Resource Officers Most Important 'Tool' for School Access Control

A recent survey of school resource officers (SROs) and administrators has revealed almost three-fourths of respondents aren't "extremely confident" in their ability to lock down their school in case of an emergency, citing limited budgets as the primary obstacle.

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Florida District Deploys Mimosa NearPoint for Data Archiving and eDiscovery

Orange County Public Schools in Florida said it plans to deploy Mimosa NearPoint in an effort to streamline its e-mail archiving process. The solution will also enhance the district's ability to search and recover the stored data for a variety of applications, including eDiscovery and litigation./p>

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Symantec To Expand Cloud Presence with Purchase of MessageLabs

Symantec Corp. has agreed to acquire MessageLabs, a provider of online messaging and Web security services, for about $695 million. MessageLabs sells managed services for anti-spam, anti-virus, image control, content filtering, instant messaging security, boundary and policy encryption, and e-mail arching and backup. The acquisition is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.

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Mercy High School Deploys Cymphonix Network Composer To Manage Use, Maintain Costs

Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, MI has selected Cymphonix Network Composer DC30X to help manage content filtering and Internet use reporting throughout the campus. The deployment has also helped the school streamline its network usage and maintain its current infrastructure expense, in spite of increasing its user population.

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