Security & Privacy


Free Tool Lets Schools Test Encryption of Ed Tech Software

Common Sense Education has made its encryption-checking tools available as open source so that anybody can check out the security settings of education technology products.

W-2 Phishing, Wire Transfer Scam Targets School Districts

With tens of thousands of school employees affected, IRS officials are telling schools that this cyberattack is one of the most dangerous phishing scams the federal organization has ever seen.

Number of Ransomware Attacks Grew Nearly 17 Times Larger in 2016

Ransomware surged 16,700 percent from 2015 to 2016, though unique malware samples declined over the same period, according to a new report from network security firm SonicWall.

Carnegie Learning Inks Commitment to Protect Student Information

Carnegie Learning, a provider of software- and web-based personalized learning solutions, has joined more than 300 education technology companies in signing a pledge to protect student information.

Oregon School Administrators Resign After Mocking Students in Text Messages

Two Willamette Valley school administrators have resigned after being placed on leave for sending text messages in which they mocked former students.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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