FBI Warns of Cybersecurity Risks to Student Data

Sep 19, 18

How safe is your data?

On September 13th, the FBI released a public service announcement to increase awareness of cyber threat concerns related to K-12 students:

“The US school systems’ rapid growth of education technologies (EdTech) and widespread collection of student data could have privacy and safety implications if compromised or exploited….The FBI is providing awareness to schools and parents of the important role cybersecurity plays in the securing of student information and devices.”

WSIPC wants to assure our members that your data is secure. WSIPC takes the following measures to protect the privacy of students and staff:

Data Ownership
WSIPC never discloses or shares student level data, to any party outside of state or federal entities, without the approval of the district.

Data Security
Security assessments are conducted on WSIPC systems annually, by independent companies. The results of the assessments are used to ensure that our system security is continually updated to meet the ever-growing threat of cyber security attacks.

Security Awareness
WSIPC participates with the following resources, among others, to stay informed and engaged:
  • Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) - a national alliance of states, districts, vendors and policy makers.  WSIPC has been part of this organization since its inception.
  • Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) – a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for advancing principled data practices and fostering privacy leadership and scholarship.

Student data privacy is a top concern for WSIPC, and we will continue to do our utmost to ensure that your data is protected.

To learn more about WSIPC’s security policies and practices, see our Data Privacy page on our website, or contact us at info@wsipc.org or 425.349.6600.

WSIPC is a non-profit cooperative that provides technology solutions (including Skyward), services, and support to K-12 schools. WSIPC’s purpose is to help schools do more with every dollar and to empower them with the tools to work smarter.