School Security :: October 28, 2008

Security Spotlight

IT Security: What K-12 Admins Need To Watch

With schools and the Internet becoming increasingly intertwined, district IT systems are more and more likely to fall prey to cybercriminals looking for their next victims. Knowing this, school districts must become more vigilant about protecting faculty, students and machines from hackers who see such systems as the perfect breeding ground for viruses, botnets, malware and other threats.

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School Security News

Annual Index Shows Prevalence of Web Search Is in K-12 Schools

A ranking of school districts using a particular safe-search index service shows that the largest school district performed about 7 million searches during the 2007-2008 school year, and the smallest performed around 460,000 searches. The indexing was done by Thinkronize, which sells netTrekker d.i., a "safe search" tool for K-12 environments.

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Bad Times Call for a Security Check, Experts Say

"Disaster breeds opportunity," so the old slogan goes. But when it comes to uncertain economic times, organizations should double-check their internal policies and procedures, security experts say.

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Stephen S. Wise Temple and Schools Ramps Up Video Surveillance

Stephen S. Wise Temple will be implementing Proximex Surveillint video surveillance equipment to protect its campuses, students, faculty, and congregants. The project includes integrating about 100 cameras located in four schools on three campuses and using Proximex Surveillint to manage multiple video, access control, video analytics, and intrusion detection systems. The temple, located in Los Angeles, supports 1,700 preK-12 students and 650 faculty and staff.

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Dubai Schools Install Astrata Group Bus Tracking Technology

As part of student safety programs, Al Mawakeb School and the International School of Arts & Sciences in Dubai, UAE, have been recipients of a contract awarded by Academia Management Solutions International (AMSI) to Astrata Group to track and monitor buses at the schools.

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NetSupport School Expands Feature Set, Adds Vista and Windows Server 2008 Compatibility

NetSupport has recently announced the release of NetSupport School 10.01, adding a range of new features to the currently shipping version.

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Malware Disguised as Social Networking Tops Emerging Security Threats

What's the top threat to data security going to be in 2009? According to the GTISC Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2009 out of Georgia Tech's Information Security Center, the answer is malware specifically disguised as "benign social networking links."

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