School Security :: October 9, 2007

On Notice: Virginia District Gets Savvy with Messaging

Alerts help keep parents informed and students and faculty safe

The need for a school-wide lockdown came quickly and probably would have caught administrators off guard had it not been for their new tech-based notification system. It happened during the first month of the 2007-08 year, and, rather than being confronted by a hoard of frantic parents at the front door, an staffer at Prince George High School in Prince George, VA, jotted off a message that was sent to every applicable parent....

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MIT's Kerberos Consortium To Expand Data Security

MIT in September launched the Kerberos Consortium, according to a report from the university's News Office. MIT is the originator of Kerberos, a network authentication protocol. One of the goals of the consortium is to expand it to offer data protection to a wider range of clients, including various consumer devices....

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Blue Lane Ships VirtualShield 4

Blue Lane Technologies has released VirtualShield 4.0, a security solution for VMware Infrastructure 3 and designed to integrate with VMware VirtualCenter....

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Los Angeles USD Tries Out Mass Notifications

The Los Angeles Unified School District is deploying a mass notification system to provide emergency notifications to parents and students and to offer regular alerts on district events and news. According to the NTI Group, which is providing the notification system, LAUSD is now the largest district in the United States to deploy such a system across the entire district....

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Moto Expands PTP Wireless Bridge Lineup

Motorola has expanded its MOTOwi4 lineup with a new fixed point to point wireless Ethernet bridge: the PTP 25600, a modified version of the PTP 600. The new 2.5 GHz, 300 Mbps solution is targeted toward Educational Broadband Service license holders and is designed to provide secure broadband access for online courses and other instructional programs. It's available now in the United States....

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VMware Says Academic Program Attracting Schools, Releases Tools as Open Source

Virtual infrastructure software company VMware says that more than 300 schools are now participating in its free Academic Program, which provides products, resources, and source code at no cost to schools for research and publication....

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Spring Lake Creates 'Student Messengers' with Online Tool

"It is our goal to provide avenues for open and comfortable channels of communication in our building," said Paula Hoff, principal of Westwood Middle School in Minnesota, part of the Spring Lake Park School District. The district this month became the first in the state to deploy an anonymous online reporting system. "We want the students to know that we care about what is happening in their lives, and this is yet one more way to let them know we are invested in their academic, emotional and social success."...

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