Security & Privacy


San Diego District Breach Derails Data of More than 500,000

In late December, families in the San Diego Unified School District were notified of a data breach launched through successful phishing emails. The number of affected people totaled more than 500,000, according to the district.

$25 Million in Grants to Gage Usefulness of School Safety Efforts

A new grant program is seeking U.S. schools to receive access to programs to address school safety. The "Safer Schools in America Impact Grant" will make a total of $25 million worth of in-kind safety solutions from 16 companies available to recipients over three years. Those systems will be deployed no cost to the schools, and, in return, the schools will need to make data available for the purposes of research.

Wisconsin District Invests School Safety Grant on Physical Updates and Training

Sun Prairie Area School District received $463,308 through a Wisconsin Department of Justice grant program, which made $100 million available to K-12 schools to support projects designed to improve school safety.

Database Provides Accurate Accounting of School Shootings

The project is conducted as part of the Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security program at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The goal is to serve as a single source for "objective and accessible data from which school administrators, law enforcement and public officials can draw to inform their decisions," according to a report on the project.

2018 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Awards

For our fourth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards, more than 1,000 education technology professionals weighed in on their favorite technologies, from instructional technology to security and privacy tools, from mobile devices to projectors, from games to multimedia authoring tools.

Windows Edition of Free Facial Recognition Launched

RealNetworks, which recently announced plans to make its new SAFR facial recognition software free to K-12 schools, has launched its Windows version. The program already runs on Mac and iOS.

Two-Thirds of Phishing Emails in Ed Use 'Attached Invoice' Ploy

The most common form of phishing email in education tends to include an attached invoice; 66 percent of hacker attempts use the attached invoice ploy to get unwary recipients to click on an infected link; another 28 percent use a payment notification scheme; and 6 percent try online order tricks.

Teachers Turn to Gaming for Online Privacy Lessons

This form of gaming blends fact and fiction to immerse players in an interactive world that responds to their decisions and actions.

FBI Issues Warning on Educational Technology

As the use of educational tools continues to grow, the FBI is warning the public to be aware of the risks of data collection and unsecured systems.

How to Bounce Back After an 11th-Hour Technology Switch

Five steps to finding, implementing, and rolling out a technology platform in a pinch.

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