Security & Privacy


Phishing Attacks Down 10 Percent in 2016

Infosec professionals are 10 percent less likely to report that their organization was the victim of a phishing attack in 2016 than in 2015, though that still means three-quarters of organizations were targeted and half of that same group said phishing attacks are on the rise, according to the latest State of the Phish report from Wombat Security Technologies.

Mississippi Attorney General Files Suit Against Google Over Handling of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed suit against Google, Inc., over how the internet behemoth maintains and uses data collected from Mississippi public school students who have Google’s G Suite for Education accounts, the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

Report: Parents Mostly Clueless About Student Data Privacy Laws

For a recent survey, the Future of Privacy Forum asked more than 600 parents with children in grades K–12 about how they viewed their children's use of technology at school. FPF found that parents are mostly in the dark about their students' data privacy and thus want to know more about when and why student data is being shared.

Donor Management Application Adds Point-to-Point Encryption

iModule Software has integrated point-to-point encryption technology into its products to ensure data security for all transactions. The integration will have the biggest impact on education users, which will be able to bolster security for their various financial transactions.

New Zonar Phone App Allows Arkansas Parents to Track Children on Buses

A new cellphone app allows parents in the Texarkana Arkansas School District to track their children on buses in real time. Last week, representatives from Velociti, a Missouri-based tech deployment company, installed the Zonar tracking system on 32 Texarkana buses.

Parents Admit to Social Media Spying on Their Teen and Tween Children

Two thirds (67 percent) of parents say monitoring their children’s media use is more important than respecting their privacy, according to a report released Tuesday by Common Sense Media. More than two in five parents (41 percent) say they check their children’s devices and social media accounts “always” or “most of the time.”

Report: Education Ranks Second-Last in Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card

Education received an overall score of 64 percent on the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card, an annual report that measures the attitudes and perceptions of IT security professionals across seven industries, rather than measuring the actual effectiveness of their security systems

Report: Education Department's IT Security is 'Not Generally Effective'

The United States Department of Education's Office of Inspector General has found in a recent report that the department’s overall information technology security is “not generally effective” in meeting several federal requirements.

Houston ISD Adopts Adaptive Motion Sensors

The Houston Independent School District has adopted motion detection equipment in an effort to improve security.

Grad Students Teach Digital Etiquette to Michigan Middle Schoolers

Education students at the University of Michigan have been going into a local school and teaching the middle schoolers there how to mitigate risk and be respectful online.

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