Security & Privacy


Digital Citizenship Week: Five Tips for Embedding Digital Citizenship in Schools

The internet has proven to be a critical tool in the classroom. Even with broad support among parents for the internet as a vital educational tool, we know the internet is a vast and varied place that can easily become a distraction or even a danger. This is where digital citizenship comes in. A former education director of technology offers five tips for embedding good digital citizenship across K–12 schools.

Mosyle Opens Public Beta of its OneK12 Six-in-One IT Solution for Schools Using Apple Devices

Apple-specific MDM and security provider Mosyle has made available to all K–12 schools a “long trial” of its new Apple Unified Platform device management and security solution for educational institutions called OneK12, which integrates device management, content filtering, endpoint security, single sign-on, application management, and classroom management.

Schools to Social Media: Dedicate Verification/Reporting Processes to Distinguish Legitimate School Accounts

In a survey of school communication and technology professionals, more than half reported several social media platforms have no dedicated account verification and reporting processes for accounts owned by federally recognized preK–12 or K–12 schools. This lack has burdened the schools with having to challenge fake-official and mock accounts and get their own legitimate accounts verified, wasting time and resources, and sometimes failing to prevail.

New California Law Requires Schools to Report All Cyberattacks Impacting 500 or More

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into a law a new requirement for K–12 schools in that state to report any cyberattack impacting more than 500 pupils or personnel, becoming the first in the nation to require disclosure even if a data breach has not occurred.

3 Ways Technology Can Help Schools Address the Mental Health Crisis

As schools respond to the far-reaching mental health crisis in our schools, close collaboration between students, families, schools, community organizations, and support services can be a game-changer, and technology can play a role in making the collaboration easier and automatic. An expert in digital case management systems shares three ways schools can enhance their collaboration practices to better address students' needs.

Rave Mobile Safety to Provide Anonymous Tip App to All Oklahoma Public and Charter Schools

Rave Mobile Safety, which provides safety communication solutions to education and industry, announced it has partnered with all Oklahoma public and charter schools to provide its AppArmor anonymous tip program made possible by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The Oklahoma School Safety Institute and Oklahoma School Division made the decision to use the program for the remainder of the grant period until the end of 2023.

Vector Solutions Adds Cybersecurity Courses to Online Training for Schools

Vector Solutions, a company that provides education and industry training courses, announced it has added eight new courses to its stable of education courses for K–12 schools. The courses address key areas of cybersecurity awareness for education leaders and employees and include topics such as creating a cybersecurity culture, preventing social engineering attacks, laws and compliance, best practices, and more. Information about the courses will be available starting Oct. 1, 2022.

Federal Appeals Court Ruling Means Class-Action Suits Over Data Breaches No Longer Require Proof of Actual Harm

As ransomware attacks targeting the education sector grab more headlines every week, a new ruling from a federal appeals court has further lowered the bar for people whose data is breached and leaked on the dark web to sue the organizations where the data was compromised, and educational institutions, public schools, and ed tech providers should take heed, an expert warns.

A Cybersecurity Firm Assessed a State's Entire Education System, Finding Thousands of Security Risks

Cyber Security Works, an IT risk management company and partner agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, recently conducted an assessment of an entire state’s public education system, analyzing the security posture across 180 school districts and charter schools, and it found 2,221 potential IT security problems, including scores of vulnerabilities known to have been weaponized by cyber criminals.

List of All K-12 Schools Known to be Impacted by Illuminate Breach of Student Data

An updated list of all K–12 schools in the U.S. known to have been impacted by the breach of student data resulting from a cyberattack on Illuminate Education's systems in January 2022.

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