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US Parents Concerned About Student Data Security

Some 87% of US parents are concerned about student data privacy and security in America’s K-12 schools, according to a survey by The Future of Privacy Forum.

American parents worry that their child’s electronic education records could be hacked or stolen, the study shows. Consequently, 85% of parents said that their willingness to support the use of student data and technology in education must be coupled with efforts to ensure security.

When asked if they are “comfortable with a properly protected electronic education record being created for my child,” 71% replied that they were.

Security has become a vulnerability for the educational environment and some schools have started to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) or bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) trend by introducing special IT policies and software. But until this becomes the norm, parents voice concerns about potential negative impacts of unrestricted digital connectivity in schools. As seen in the corporate world, without proper IT policies and specific security solutions for laptops, smartphones and tablets, the BYOD trend could have significant safety implications for both the end-user and an organization’s network, as HOTforSecurity has previously noted.

The IT teams in schools are supposed to make sure private information, such as grades, tests, and salaries, is not compromised if a personal device is lost or stolen.

Here is a list of security precautions needed on bring-your-own-device (BYOD) schools, according to Cisco:

  • Protecting the network from malware and intrusion
  • Controlling access to private information such as grades, tests, or payroll records
  • Preventing illegal music and video sharing
  • In K-12, complying with regulations such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
  • Accomplishing all of this without adding to the IT team’s workload

The survey was conducted online this spring by Harris Interactive and included 1,002 parents in the United States with children 17 and under.

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Răzvan MUREȘAN

Former business journalist, Razvan is passionate about supporting SMEs into building communities and exchanging knowledge on entrepreneurship. He enjoys having innovative approaches on hot topics and thinks that the massive amount of information that attacks us on a daily basis via TV and internet makes us less informed than we even think. The lack of relevance is the main issue in nowadays environment so he plans to emphasize real news on hotforsecurity.com

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  • ” the BYOD trend could have significant safety implications for both the end-user and an organization’s network, as HOTforSecurity has previously noted.”

    The word of choice isn’t ‘could’ – that part of the sentence would be more like:

    ” the BYOD trend HAS”

    Sorry but there is no getting around it. Many will claim otherwise but they are either too trusting or aren’t concerned enough (whether through ignorance or not is besides the point).