Security & Privacy


Ed Tech Accountability Platform Addresses Education App ‘Sprawl’ and Identifies App Trends

An application management and reporting platform from CatchOn uses data analytics to assist district administrators and educators in tracking technology investments. Several districts have piloted the tool, which debuted at the SXSWedu conference.

Federal Online Tool to Help Financial Aid Applicants Shuts Down

The IRS and the Department of Education (ED) confirmed late Thursday that the federal government intentionally shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid.

A Year After Law Passed, NJ School Buses Still Don't Have Safety Monitors

More than a year after a law was signed requiring them, child-detection sensors are still not installed on most new school buses in New Jersey because regulations on how to implement it have not been approved.

College Board Tightens SAT Security But Continues Using Old U.S. Tests Overseas

The College Board, which develops and administers the SAT college entrance exam, has articulated new security measures, but has not remedied the test’s biggest vulnerability.

Americans Don't Trust Institutions to Protect Data

Nearly half of Americans (49 percent) said they feel their personal data is less secure than it has been in the past.

Bloomz App Introduces New Features for Childcare Centers

The parenting mobile app Bloomz is introducing today a set of features tailored to childcare centers, including check-in/check-out attendance and daily sheets to keep parents on top of their kids’ everyday activities. Bloomz is also partnering with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to educate parents across the country on a variety of topics relevant to raising children.

Free Tool Lets Schools Test Encryption of Ed Tech Software

Common Sense Education has made its encryption-checking tools available as open source so that anybody can check out the security settings of education technology products.

W-2 Phishing, Wire Transfer Scam Targets School Districts

With tens of thousands of school employees affected, IRS officials are telling schools that this cyberattack is one of the most dangerous phishing scams the federal organization has ever seen.

Number of Ransomware Attacks Grew Nearly 17 Times Larger in 2016

Ransomware surged 16,700 percent from 2015 to 2016, though unique malware samples declined over the same period, according to a new report from network security firm SonicWall.

Carnegie Learning Inks Commitment to Protect Student Information

Carnegie Learning, a provider of software- and web-based personalized learning solutions, has joined more than 300 education technology companies in signing a pledge to protect student information.

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