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School Security :: November 11, 2008

Security Spotlight

LAUSD Uses Secret Weapon in Laptop Theft Recovery

Laptop theft in schools is rampant. The Racine Unified School District in Wisconsin reported dozens of computers stolen from its schools this fall. In Northern California, three custodians were arrested in connection with a series of thefts at the Oakland Unified School District, involving computers and other electronics. A library aid for the Del Olmo Elementary School in Los Angeles was arrested in September for the theft of five computers at her school.

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School Security News

UK Schools Still Need Help Guaranteeing Web Safety

A recent survey of secondary school pupils has exposed a growing problem with Web security in UK schools. In an informal poll posted on Facebook by SmoothWall, which sells Internet security software, 49 percent of 13 to 17 year olds admitted to using illicit tools to access blocked Web sites in school.

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Oregon School Districts Move to EMC for Remote Data Backup

Clackamas Education Service District (ESD), a state-funded agency providing centralized educational programs and services, has introduced remote data backup services from EMC to 10 school districts in Clackamas County, OR.

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ICOP Digital Launches Digital Video School Bus Surveillance System

ICOP Digital has announced a new school bus security camera system that incorporates a set of digital video cameras and a controller. The system is designed to provide surveillance for passenger cabin video and audio monitoring, recording of stop-arm violators, and views of the driver area, and bus entrance. Increased camera capability also allows for windshield-mounted cameras that record activity in front of the bus, including student crossings, intersections, and level (railroad) crossings.

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Blue Coat Integrates Network Appliances

Blue Coat Systems has released a new software plugin that will integrate two of its network appliances--ProxySG and PacketShaper--to allow them to share information to improve efficiency and security.

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Plagiarism Detection System Adds URL Filtering, Reporting Groups

iParadigms has released a new version of its iThenticate plagiarism detection platform.

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E-Mail Attacks on the Rise in Q3

Identity thieves and hackers appear to be coming at Windows users from all fronts, most commonly with e-mail. They were particularly active during the third quarter of 2008, when they did it eight times more frequently than in the previous quarter, according to a report released by Sophos.

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SMobile Releases Antivirus To Protect Google Android Phones

SMobile Systems has released an antivirus program for phones running Android, the Google-developed operating system. The company already offers similar solutions for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Palm, and iPhone devices.

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