Privacy data concerns for Educational Services

Cyber Threats Against Public and Private Education

Breaches are inevitable, but you can minimize your exposure, loss, and damage to reputation. Are you aware of your greatest risk areas?

Black Hat is in full swing and CyberSecurity discussion is trending up in the business world and beyond. Large companies, small startups, and overly trusting individuals have been taken advantage of on a daily basis, leading to vulnerable systems across the board with cyber-crime costs projected to reach $2 trillion in 2019. CyberSecurity is a growing concern for government and the private sector. It has enormous implications for government security, economic prosperity and public safety. States are addressing CyberSecurity through various initiatives, such as providing more funding for improved security measures, requiring government agencies or businesses to implement specific types of security practices, increasing penalties for computer crimes, addressing threats to critical infrastructure, and more. At least 42 states introduced more than 240 bills or resolutions related to CyberSecurity. Some of the key areas of legislative activity include: • Improving government security practices. • Creating commissions, task forces and studies. • Providing funding for CyberSecurity programs and initiatives. • Targeting computer crimes. • Restricting public disclosure of sensitive security information. • Promoting workforce, training, economic development.

It’s a matter of time before schools and school districts will require governmental compliance. Today they face a myriad of challenging hazards and threats. In addition to natural hazards, technological hazards, and biological hazards, they now have to prepare for human-caused cyber threats. These incidents can be accidental or deliberate and disrupt education and critical operations; expose sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) of students, teachers, and staff; and lead to high recovery costs. As an example of the impact of these types of threats, students’ PII, such as Social Security numbers, was accidentally posted on a Florida school district Website; this resulted in students suing the school board.

Schools are a treasure trove of children’s personally identifiable information (PII) (e.g., name, address, Social Security number) and protected health information (PHI), as well as the PII and PHI of faculty and payment card information (e.g., debit and credit card numbers) and financial information of parents.

Economizing on CyberSecurity can be shortsighted. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that identity thieves often steal children’s information from schools, noting that a child’s identity is attractive to thieves because it is a “clean slate,” enabling a thief to use a child’s Social Security number to obtain employment, government benefits, or credit without detection until the child is of age to obtain credit. See Prepared Statement before the Subcommittee on Social Security of the House Committee on Ways and Means on Child Identity Theft Field Hearing Plano, Texas Sept. 1, 2011.

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