Security & Privacy


How Better Communication with Parents, Students Boosts School Safety & Improves Incident Responses

An expert in school safety solutions explains that K-12 administrators must communicate openly and often with students, staff, and families as they prepare a thorough crisis-response plan — and better communication will enable schools to effectively execute preparation, response, and recovery — before, during and after an emergency.

K12 SIX Releases Essential Cyber Incident Response Template for Schools

K12 Security Information Exchange today released a free Cyber Incident Response Runbook for U.S. public schools, a fill-in-the-blank style guide created specifically to help K–12 school leaders build an effective, comprehensive response plan for any type of cyber incident.

Why Student Data Breaches Are Dangerous & How They May Alter the Ed Tech Marketplace

What do the expanding impact of recent ed tech data breaches — and what the growing dangers of student data breaches — mean for policymakers, parents, IT professionals, and school districts? THE Journal Insider podcast discusses student data privacy, policy, and ed tech procurement with Doug Levin, national director of K12 Security Information Exchange, and Dr. Tim Clark, Vice President of K12 Programs at 1EdTech.

Over 70% of Schools Say Pandemic Effect on Student Behavior, Socio-Emotional Development, Staffing Grew Worse in 2021–22

The National Center for Education Statistics’ May 2022 School Pulse Panel survey of U.S. public K–12 schools shows that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to significantly impair student socio-emotional development and behavioral development during the most recent school year, and over half reported that chronic absenteeism was worse than the year before, according to the results released this week.

ParentSquare Joins Access 4 Learning Student Data Privacy Consortium

Amid a growing call by cybersecurity experts and privacy advocates for tighter student data protection measures, and two big data breaches in recent months compromising the personal information of millions of students, unified school-home engagement provider ParentSquare has joined the nonprofit Access for Learning Community’s Student Data Privacy Consortium, the company said this week.

Two More Districts, in California & Washington, Add 22K to Number of Students Impacted by Illuminate Breach

Two more school districts, Waterford USD in California and Renton in Washington state, have filed state-mandated notification letters with their respective state Attorney Generals revealing that their students — a combined total of at least 22,000 — were among the millions across the country impacted by the Illuminate Education breach of private student data.

Vector Solutions Adds New Topics to its Student Safety and Wellness Training Course Library

School safety training provider Vector Solutions has introduced new online student courses on safety topics such as trauma awareness, dating violence, human trafficking, and more, the company said in a news release.

Flashpoint Now Offering Its Cybersecurity and Risk Management Solutions to K–12 Schools

Cybersecurity and risk intelligence firm Flashpoint today announced it is entering the K–12 sector with its comprehensive risk management and cybersecurity solutions, offering an outsourcing option to school leaders and typically under-resourced IT professionals concerned about protecting their school networks amid rising numbers of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents targeting public schools.

Two More Districts, in California and Connecticut, Say Their Students' Data Included in Illuminate Education Breach

Two more school districts have recently notified parents that their students were among the millions across the country impacted by the Illuminate Education breach of private student data: Ventura Unified School District in California and Newtown Public Schools in Connecticut.

Illuminate Education Breach Included Los Angeles Unified & Riverside County Districts, Pushing Total Impacted to Over 3M

The breach of student data that occurred during a January 2022 cyberattack targeting Illuminate Education’s systems is now known to have impacted the nation’s second-largest school district, Los Angeles Unified with 430,000 students, and all the districts within Riverside County, pushing the total number of students whose private data was stolen to at least 3 million.

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