The FBI (Cyber Division) and the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General issued a warning about cyber-extortion schemes focused on public schools.
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Both FERPA and the COPPA Rule presume that schools have the resources and knowledge to assess their own data security practices, to say nothing of that of their vendors. Emerging evidence suggests that this presumption should be challenged. The FTC and ED can take affirmative action to improve the security with which schools and their vendors treat student data.