The holiday season is here again, and many university students will return in January sporting a brand-new drone. Drones have come a long way from the unwieldy radio-controlled (RC) copters of the past. Modern drones can operate across several miles with great precision carrying mounted cameras, microphones, and other sensors. However, federal and state regulators
Colorado Law Restricts Use of Facial Recognition Technology by Government Agencies
Ramping up its continued focus on data privacy, on June 8, 2022, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law legislation aimed to limit the use of facial recognition technology by government agencies and state institutions of higher education.
The legislation, SB 113, requires an agency – defined as “an agency of the state government…
Dealing with Two Schoolyard Bullies: Schools Are Forced to Contend with Cyber-attacks While Also Trying to Manage Covid-19 Crisis
Criminals are apparently not taking any time off during this pandemic, and in fact by all accounts have increased their attacks, particularly targeting entities whose attention is diverted to dealing with the fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. In particular, educational institutions across the country have faced a recent onslaught of ransomware attacks, often crippling an…
Smile and Say “Cheese” — When is a Photo an Educational Record under FERPA?
As the myriad of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) interpretation issues continues to cloud many educators’ understanding of what is permissible and not permissible under the statute, some assistance was recently provided by the U.S. Department of Education. The Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) advises that as with any other “education record,” a…
Privacy Tip #126 – Employee Training and Education Continues to be “Best” Cyberdefense
It is a myth that employees hate training and education. I have seen it with my own eyes. It is very exciting to watch an audience visibly cover their mouths when real life stories are told about cyber-attacks and phishing incidents that employees’ conduct cause because they are working too fast, not paying attention to…
Students 16 and Over: Check Out CyberStart!
Students 16 and over who live in Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Hawaii, Nevada, Delaware and Rhode Island—you may be eligible to participate in a new cybersecurity skills program called CyberStart. You have to have access to the Internet and a computer to participate.
CyberStart is “a forward-thinking skills program designed to supply specialist cyber security education…
Privacy Tip #60 – Cybersecurity Tips for the New Administration
It is hard to stay focused after election night.
Since the new administration has a dearth of plans, here are some tips for it to get a jumpstart on cybersecurity priorities.
The cybersecurity priorities for the new administration should include:
- helping U.S. companies combat hacking by foreign governments, including through investigative and diplomatic efforts (and