Cybersecurity

US Navy Gears Up for Cyberwarfare

Although any kind of warmaking offensive carries risks, "cyberwarfare can be an effective deterrent in two ways," noted Vasco Data Security VP John Gunn. "It can make our assets less attractive for fear of retaliation -- and used in a preemptive manner, it could potentially be used to interrupt or detect hacker threats in process to decrease their effectiveness."

Avoiding a privacy headache

Educators struggle with inherent contradictions in education data. On the one hand, they produce very real benefits. When teachers can identify precisely what students know, they can focus their teaching on areas students still need to master. Today’s educational technology can tell teachers why students are getting the wrong answer, enabling them to provide even more personalized instruction.

Navy to launch new cyber strategy

Kevin Cooley, executive director and command information officer for Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet, suggested that the service is gearing up for the possibility that the White House will order offensive cyberattacks. "You don't win a knife fight without swinging a knife," Cooley said at a C4ISR & Networks conference in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. "We're spending time making sure we're ready to execute should those options be considered appropriate by national command authority to do that.”

Is Big Brother Watching Our Campuses?

At Georgia State University, algorithms alert advisers when a student falls behind in class. Course-planning tools tell students the classes and majors they're likely to complete, based on the performance of other students like them. When students swipe their ID cards to attend a tutoring or financial-literacy session, the university can send attendance data to advisers and staff. Colleges are analyzing all kinds of student data to figure out who needs extra support and when advisers and faculty should intervene.

Obama Draws Cyber Line in Sand

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order that gives the Secretary of Treasury the authority to impose sanctions on entities found responsible for or complicit in carrying out a cyberattack harmful to U.S. interests. The Secretary of Treasury will have to consult with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General before enacting the powers granted under the order.

Demand to fill cybersecurity jobs booming

As the number and sophistication of cyberattacks increase, so does the demand for people who can prevent such digital incursions. More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years, according to a Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for positions like information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018.

App Security: Yet One More Thing Teachers Are Being Held Accountable For

Well, a teacher’s burden just got bigger! The New York Times reports that, “Scores of education technology start-ups … are marketing new digital learning tools directly to teachers.” Not surprisingly, teachers are trying out these new apps. But, in addition to deciding how to use an app with their students, a teacher now needs to figure out if that app provides adequate privacy and/or security for their students’ data.

House unveils cyber bill and signals bipartisan compromise

House intelligence committee leaders unveiled a bipartisan cybersecurity bill Tuesday amid signs of broad agreement on long-sought legislation that would allow private companies to share with the government details of how they are hacked, without fear of being sued. The information sharing is badly needed, backers say, so that government agencies can help the private sector defend itself against sophisticated cyberattacks, many of which are undertaken by intelligence agencies in countries such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

Internet Governance Survey 2015

Cybersecurity is the most important issue facing the Internet community today, according to 86 percent of respondents in a new survey from the Internet Society. The poll, which questioned over 800 people, also noted concerns about Internet governance. Three-quarters said that making the issue easier to understand is "extremely" or "very important." Just a smidgen fewer called for countries and communities to share their best practices for overseeing the Web.

Privacy Bill May Fail Student Data Protection

A bill aimed at safeguarding student privacy fails to secure children's personal information and protects the interests of companies more than kids, privacy advocates say about the congressional legislation introduced Monday. For one thing, the bill would not address situations like the one that came to light last week in which ​testing company Pearson was found to be monitoring student social media accounts to screen for attempts to cheat on tests.

No Expectation of Privacy

The Obama administration briefly considered but ultimately decided against expanding a new student privacy bill beyond K-12 education, according to sources with knowledge of the drafting process. The resulting draft is a “missed opportunity” for the White House to address privacy in higher education, legal scholars say. The bill was supposed to be filed on Monday, but by the end of the day, lawmakers were “still working through some of the technical nuances of the bill,” a spokeswoman for Messer said in an email.

Student Data Privacy Tops Dept. of Education’s Agenda

Many sectors, not just education, are rushing to find ways to use the tidal wave of electronic data created by digital devices. Those who deal with data tied to K-12 schools find themselves under special scrutiny because they’re working with children. Schools must find a balance that allows teachers to try new innovations and still ensures the programs used are secure, several officials speaking at SXSWedu said.

U.S. needs offensive strategy to deter cyber attacks: NSA chief

Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that too many adversaries can attack the United States without fear of retaliation. "We focus primarily on the defensive, but I think now we're at a tipping point where we not only need to continue to build on the defensive capability, but we've also got to broaden our capabilities to provide policymakers and operational commanders with a broader range of options," Rogers said.

Bill Would Limit Use of Student Data

In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce a bill on Monday. Called the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, it would place limits on how education technology companies can use information about kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Student privacy, online exams cause concern for tech leaders

School technology leaders are concerned about whether districts are prepared to give online exams, the security of student data and having enough funding to meet the demands of district leaders. According to the 2015 survey released this week, less than 30 percent of those surveyed said they are fully prepared for online assessments, which are coming to districts around the country – including those in Georgia – this year. More than half reported they don’t have enough money to meet the expectations of school boards and district leaders, and more are increasingly concerned about the privacy of student data.

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