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Education Platform Addresses Data Privacy

A new education platform for K-12 pulls together multiple programs to ensure student data security and privacy. Aegis Identity Software has formally introduced EduZone, a combination of applications that provide a privatized data and application management platform for schools and districts. The suite is already in use within at least one Illinois district.

EduZone encompasses five programs:

  • EZ Application Launcher is a single website where users can log in to find all district-approved applications. Once they're logged in they have access to all programs;
  • EZ Application Marketplace provides a one-stop shop where users can look at the pool of applications being made available to district people. When a given program is approved by the district, it will appear in the application launcher;
  • EZ Identity enables the district to set up "digital citizen" profiles for each user, giving that person access to approved applications for as long as he or she is granted access by the district. Likewise, access to all district network resources is cut off when the status of that online persona is changed;
  • EZ Registry enables the district to control and set up agreements with how applications may use and "persist" the data. Application providers use the registry to make their applications available in EduZone Marketplace and agree to the terms of use by the district; and
  • EZ Data has an application programming interface that facilitates data exchange among applications while ensuring the district maintains control over the data.

Bloomington Public Schools District 87 in Illinois is an early user of the data security platform for identity and data management.

"At the core of everything we do at Aegis is the belief that technology can empower every leader to lead, parents to participate and transform how students learn and teachers teach," said company CEO Bob Lamvik, in a press release. "EduZone's enterprise-class software platform was designed to manage digital identities as well as resolve all of the digital citizen issues that education faces today."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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