Security & Privacy


Safety Software Provider Raptor Tech Partners with Alertus on Multi-Modal Mass Notifications

School safety software provider Raptor Technologies and emergency notification software provider Alertus Technologies said this week they will integrate their solutions to enhance security for K–12 schools and districts using Raptor solutions.

Illuminate Education Booted from Student Privacy Pledge, Referred for Potential FTC and State AG Action

The Future of Privacy Forum on Monday announced it has removed Illuminate Education from the nonprofit’s list of Student Privacy Pledge signatories — the first time a company has been de-listed from the voluntary data protection pledge — and said it sent its decision and supporting facts to federal and state authorities for potential legal action against the ed tech company.

Hear Ransomware Victims Describe the Response & Recovery Lessons Learned at Virtual Event for IT Practitioners

School cybersecurity nonprofit K12 Security Information Exchange is holding a free professional development webinar, “The Long Tail of K–12 Cyber Incident Response and Recovery,” for education sector IT practitioners on Aug. 16, featuring an extended case study of Northshore School District’s response and recovery work following a crippling ransomware attack targeting the Washington district in 2019.

Nonprofit Groups Say ED Must Address Inequitable Harms of Student Online Activity Monitoring

In an open letter this week to U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, 15 education, technology, and civil rights nonprofits called for the department to put schools and online activity monitoring providers on notice that such monitoring must not result in discrimination or violation of students’ civil rights and liberties.

PowerSchool Launches Connected Intelligence, First Fully Managed Data-as-a-Service Platform for K–12 Schools

K–12 cloud-based software provider PowerSchool today launched a new Data-as-a-Service platform called Connected Intelligence that aims to unify, integrate, protect, and analyze school districts’ data from all sources as well as external data that impacts educators' decision-making such as labor market information, according to a news release.

Four Key Considerations for Selecting School Security Technology

A security technology executive offers insights for K-12 leaders considering security technology solutions and says schools must make such decisions the way they would with any other business function — that is, they should factor in people, process, and technology or PPT, and must first understand the specific problem that they are trying to address.

IT Survey Shows Managing Third-Party Risks Remains a Growing and Unmet Challenge

A recent survey of IT professionals by critical access management provider SecureLink found that managing and monitoring third-party vendors with access to public schools’ networks and data remains a top challenge for education IT practitioners.

Incident IQ Releases Integration With Identity Automation's RapidIdentity SSO

K–12 workflow management provider Incident IQ has released an API-based integration for Identity Automation's RapidIdentity SSO solution used by hundreds of districts nationwide, according to a news release.

Insurance Provider United Educators Offers Premium Credit To Schools Completing JED Mental Health Support Program

United Educators, a member-owned insurance and risk management provider for K–12 schools and higher ed institutions, has partnered with suicide prevention nonprofit The Jed Foundation to offer a premium credit to schools that successfully complete a JED program that helps schools better support students’ mental health and well-being.

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.

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