Education

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Could Universities' Use of Surveillance Software Be Putting Students at Risk?

Life for university students has changed massively during the coronavirus pandemic, as it has for all of us. While some in-person lectures and seminars are still taking place, there has been a big shift to remote learning. This has, perhaps understandably, led to concerns about how well students are engaging with this way of studying. Many universities have sought to address this by turning to remote monitoring tools to track students’ online activities.

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5 questions every higher-ed security leader should ask

In the day and age of COVID-19 we have witnessed a transformation of the way we work. If I were asked before March of 2020 how long it would take to make the progress in digital and security transformation that we as a society have made in the last 9 months, I would have guessed at least 5 years. The rate of adoption in the face of the pandemic has been unprecedented. Nowhere have the changes required to make remote working come on faster than with education.

tripwire

Successful Ransomware Attacks on Education Sector Grew 388% in Q3 2020

The number of successful ransomware attacks on the education sector increased 388% in the third quarter of 2020. According to Emsisoft, the education sector reported 31 ransomware incidents in Q3 2020. That’s a 388% increase over the 8 incidents that occurred in the previous quarter. Nine of the 31 ransomware attacks disclosed in the third quarter of the year involved data exfiltration, a tactic which has become common with ransomware gangs over the past year.

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Cybersecurity Compliance in the Education Industry: How to Protect Students' Personal Data

Educational institutions handle tremendous amounts of data and have access to personal, financial, and healthcare information of both students and staff. However, this exposes them to cybersecurity risks. In 2019, the US was hit by multiple ransomware attacks that impacted 89 universities, colleges, and school districts — up to 1,233 institutions were potentially affected.

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Proactive IT & The Future of Higher Education

Higher education is one of the many sectors facing the prospect of profound reorientation in the post-COVID-19 world. Following the government’s re-evaluation of approach, which saw students awarded predicted grades at A-level, many university leaders are concerned that taking on the extra, successful students would mean a stretch to resources – especially with social distancing and remote learning requirements needed to manage the spread of the virus.

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Redivis makes research data accessible, experiences collaborative with BigQuery

Understanding the data we collect is essential—it allows us to identify trends and uncover answers about our world. However, stories in our data frequently go untold. Large datasets are hard to share between research communities due to their size, security restraints, and complexity. Even if these datasets are accessible to users, the tools needed to query them often require deep technical knowledge.

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Making Security Proactive at Fitchburg State University

From time-to-time on this blog we like to take a moment to connect with those folks on the front lines of the cybersecurity battle, to give you a direct look into the issues they’re facing every day. Today, we sat down (virtually) with Sherry Horeanopoulos, the Information Security Officer at Fitchburg State University.

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Everything you need to know about DPO for schools

As legislation goes, the GDPR could be unique in its insistence that a new professional role, the Data Protection Officer (DPO), be created to ensure its mandates are properly met. But getting a DPO in place is no simple recruitment exercise, and that’s especially true for schools. For starters, people with the requisite mix of abilities and experience to do the job in educational environments are hard to find.

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Tips for teachers: using an online whiteboard for remote classes

In March 2020, I had to transition four business classes with over 150 students to a fully online experience, due to COVID-19. Since the class simulates a business environment, I knew I could interact with my students the same way I interact with remote corporate teams, through clear and timely communication. In this post, I’ll go over what worked for me, and give some tips for how you can set your own classes up for success in a remote environment.