Security & Privacy


New Tech Taps Blockchain to Secure Student Data

Blockchain records and keeps information safe by creating a decentralized record of data that can be confirmed and validated without relying on a single authority.

Ransomware Extorts $25 Million in Payments over 2 Years

Last year was the first year ransomware was a multi-million-dollar industry, according to the researchers, and it wasn't necessarily the most well known ransomware that accounted for that growth.

FBI Issues Warning on Internet-Connected Toys

The FBI has issued a consumer notice warning that internet-connected toys could pose a privacy and contact threat to children, because of the large amount of personal information that may be unknowingly revealed.

Average Cost Per Record of US Data Breach in Ed: $245

The average cost of a data breach in the United States rose for the fourth straight year.

UC Irvine Group Tackles Cybersecurity Challenges

A University of California, Irvine group of faculty members and private sector cybersecurity experts has decided to take on cyber threats by applying a multidisciplinary approach that involves technology, law and policy. One of their projects involves experts from the Anaheim Union High School District, Santa Ana Unified School District, Cypress College and others to create cybersecurity curricula for high school students, for example.

Report: Ed Tech Startups Stink at Student Data Privacy

The project's initial intent was to "capture the status quo" of how ed tech startups interact with their stakeholders about student data privacy practices and to identify best practices for those companies and others in the industry in formulating communications plans on privacy.

Extreme Management Center Adds Improved Onboarding, Security

Extreme Networks has updated its network management tool, Extreme Management Center (EMC), with new tools designed to improve onboarding and security.

Smoothwall Debuts Off-Site Filtering for Chrome

Smoothwall has unveiled Cloud Filter for Chrome, an off-site filtering tool for the Chrome browser.

Making the Commitment to Student Data Privacy

Now, more than ever, every school system must be poised to adequately address questions regarding student data privacy to build a lasting trust with the parents. CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) works with school systems to help them understand the maturity level of their privacy and security programs and identify the gaps for growth.

GoGuardian Updates Filtering Tool with Context Awareness, Smart Alerts

GoGuardian, a company that provides Chromebook management tools for schools, has updated GoGuardian Admin, its web filtering and analytics tool, with features designed to improve online student behavior and facilitate personalized learning.

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