Security & Privacy

Group Calls on FCC to Lift 'Significant Funding Limitations' in E-rate Program

CoSN wants the FCC to revamp its funding program for school internet access and network infrastructure projects to address cybersecurity needs.

Impero Offers Grant for School Safety Compliance

Impero Software wants to help schools in Texas to comply with a state law related to establishing threat assessment teams.

Education Top Sector Hit by Trojans

The openness of education networks poses the sector’s greatest cybersecurity threat, according to a company that produces anti-malware software. According to a new analysis of its customer data, Malwarebytes has found that the education sector was the largest target for adware and trojans, and second among verticals for being hit with ransomware.

650,000 Students Impacted by Assessment Data Breach

Two Nevada school districts are reporting data breaches involving a Pearson assessment solution.

Violent Incidents Up on K-12 Campuses

The number of violent incidents rose from 15.5 percent in the 2015-2016 school year to 21.3 percent for 2017-2018.

Louisiana Issues State Emergency Declaration in Response to District Data Breaches

The governor of Louisiana issued a statewide emergency declaration in response to a cybersecurity event that breached the school systems of three parishes in the northern part of the state and threatened other public and private entities in the state.

Mobile Safety Platform Adds Interoperability Function

Rave is updating its mobile safety platform to allow cross-communication across all school systems using the Rave Panic Button app.

Maryland Security Audit Finds Vulnerabilities in Massive Amounts of Student and Teacher Data

An audit of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) by the state found a "number of deficiencies" with the agency's securing of data in its control that put massive amounts of student and teacher data at risk.

Privacy Advocates Battle Florida Plans for School Safety Database

Opponents of database say students with disabilities and those who are victims of bullying will be tracked indefinitely as potential threats to safety. The database goes live in Florida Aug. 1.

Federal Grants Support Local Approaches to School Safety

The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for three fiscal-year 2019 grant competitions that support "locally-tailored" approaches to school safety.

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