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Student Data Security Tactics for Schools and Parents

Student data security breaches are a significant liability. Schools and parents need to be aware of the laws and the many security threats that can compromise this important personal information. The problem continues to grow as educators and researchers adopt a more data-driven approach to enhancing student outcomes and as more vendors jump into the educational technology (EdTech) space. Consider the following recent breaches: Read more

Email Security: Is Your Organization HIPAA Compliant?

Email and HIPPA compliance is a complex issue that requires significant IT resources and has ramifications with hefty fines – up to $1.5 million per violation, and jail time for the worst offenders (up to 10 years).

Violations have been on the rise as hackers continue to target healthcare in order to access valuable ePHI (electronic protected health information), or even to get paid using phishing scams and ransomware attacks that make ePHI vulnerable and outside of compliance. Read more

Recertified Notebooks or Chromebooks? Research Both Before Buying

 

Let’s face it, recertified technology can carry a stigma. Some school districts and SMBs who would otherwise greatly benefit from the savings of recertified machines will overlook this option because they are set on buying brand new technology. However, they may find along the way that doing so leaves them with products that don’t provide as much return in terms of warranty, and performance. Read more

Email Security: Avoid These Common Phishing Tactics

Email security is paramount to your overall cybersecurity strategy. It is the number one vehicle of delivering malware, with over 90 percent of breaches a result of email phishing. According to Symantec, 1 in 131 emails contained malware in 2016, and in another study by Verizon, two-thirds of all malware was installed via email attachments, 60 percent was in JavaScript attachments, and 26 percent embedded in Microsoft Office documents. Read more

Google G Suite for Education Most Popular in Ed Tech

Over the past few years, Google’s Chromebook has crept into the ed tech school infrastructure to become the device of choice as school-after-school seeks out a 1:1 ratio for machine-to-student. Chromebooks are affordable and easily meet the needs of student computing, thus explaining its wild popularity with cash-strapped school districts. In January, Google announced that 20 million Chromebooks were in active use within schools.  Read more

Best Science Apps for iOS & Android

There are apps built for just about every subject, and science is no exception. But the science apps may just be the coolest, most engaging of them all. If you peruse the Google Play store or Apple’s app store in iTunes, you will find countless options that cater to the various sects of K12 science curriculum.  Read more

Useful Hacks for Teachers New to Google Education

Countless schools have already made the switch to Google as Chromebooks take over as the computing device of choice, and many more are continuing to make this same transition. Your school may have recently made the switch, and while you have some familiarity with Google from personal use, you may not know the full potential that lies within the Education app suite.  Read more

WannaCry vs. Petya/NotPetya/Goldeneye – What Happened?

Supermarket in Kiev. Source: Mikhail Golub/Twitter

Just seven weeks after WannaCry caused an international cybersecurity crisis, another ransomware attack struck earlier this week on June 27, 2017. This strain was initially thought to be Petya, but now has been determined to be a variation of Petya with a stronger encryption. Subsequent naming has changed to “NotPetya” or “GoldenEye” in reference to this most recent, more sophisticated attack.  Read more

Make the Most of Social Media in K12 Education

Social media has often been viewed as a bane of K12 educators – a perpetual distraction of students armed with their smartphones. However, more schools and teachers are started to utilize social media to leverage its benefits whether it is teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-parent, teacher-to-student, or student-to-student interaction. You can also utilize social media to promote your school for recruiting or enrollment. There is quite a lot to be gained from using social media platforms when securely executed in a controlled environment. Read more

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