Remain Vigilant about Cybersecurity All Year Long
Even though October is recognized as Cybersecurity Month, secondary and postsecondary institutions need to remain vigilant about cybersecurity all year long.
According to a recent U.S. Department of Education memo, criminals are seeking to extort money from school districts and other educational institutions on the threat of releasing sensitive data from student records. The FBI is investigating these attacks. If your school is affected by a cyber attack, it is important to contact local law enforcement immediately.
As a reminder, higher education institutions are required to notify the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) of data breaches via email pursuant to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and your Title IV participation and Student Aid Internet Gateway agreements. Additional tools for higher education are available at Education’s Cybersecurity page on ifap.ed.gov.
In addition, review the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “Stop. Think. Connect” online toolkit for cybersecurity tips tailored for students, parents and educators. If you, your school or organization think you have been the victim of a cyber attack, you can also report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
The National Student Clearinghouse is scrupulous in our concern for student privacy, protection of student information and compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects students’ privacy rights regarding their education records.
If your school is affected by a cyber attack, it is important to contact local law enforcement immediately.