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Let’s talk compliance in security/privacy…..

We all know education is relying more and more on vendors and outside partners and this is especial true of edtech. It makes sense, let professional educators educate, and let businesses bring solutions that enable education. I know, sounds good, but in practice, it can be a mess. Can you trust vendors/partners to provide the right solution or are they in it to make a buck? As usual, the truth is somewhere in between. Many industries have gone through the same lifecycle as education.  In financial services, retail and healthcare, the initial response was, “can you fill out this security…

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K12 Tech Leader InfoSec Survey Results

What can we infer? The results are in from a recent K12 security survey conducted by Frontline Education (see here).  The survey spun off of another recent survey, conducted by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), which revealed that cyber security had moved into the top spot amongst current K-12 IT leadership concerns. And with good reason. Education cyber-attacks have been on the rise in the US in recent years. Phishing, poor data management, external hackers, internal bad actors, even cyber advisories… with so many avenues to exploit, it’s only a matter of time until someone takes advantage. Unfortunately, schools…

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Warning: Is your district at risk of a cyber security breach?

IT/Security By Ken Brown, Chief Information Security Officer, Frontline Education on 9/19/2017 Just this month, over 143 million American discovered their sensitive information was compromised by a massive security breach at Equifax. Once again Americans find themselves scrambling to update passwords and wondering when the scammer emails and phone calls will start rolling in. For school districts, cyber security now more than ever needs to be at the top of everyone’s mind. With the majority of district information – including sensitive student information – moving online, districts need to know how to protect themselves. The cyber security of dozens of…

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Cyber Security in K-12: Is Your School District Prepared?

IT/Security By Ken Brown, Chief Information Security Officer, Frontline Education on 3/13/2017 In a matter of decades, we’ve leapt forward a millennium in cyber technology. In the digital age, the development of new cyber tools and increasingly useful applications hasn’t shown much sign of slowing down. Unfortunately, the inherent risks haven’t either. With so much sensitive information necessarily online, school districts must ensure protections are put in place in case of cyber malfeasance. But with ever-changing technology, it seems like some best practices are aging in dog years. How do we keep up? State of the K-12 Cyber Landscape The…

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Oh look…..another blog, great!

Yeah, I know, who doesn’t have a blog, twitter feed, podcast or some other form of social media publication these days?  It’s hard enough to stay on top of Slack, email and SMS with co-workers and family, and then curate your own unified feed of info sources you care about.   So, what’s the point?  Well, to be honest, I’m doing this more for me than you 🙂  I love to learn and gather information.  But, as already mentioned, I find myself often overwhelmed and concerned good stuff is just going in and going out…..no processing!  Writing requires that I…