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Keeping District Data Secure
Computer with shieldWith technology ever changing, school districts can find it hard to keep up with the evolution while still keeping student data safe. The WNYRIC Data Privacy & Security service aims to help districts identify and adopt best practices for administrators and staff to ensure privacy. The service was created to support districts in complying with New York Education Law 2-D and the Parents’ Bill of Rights.
The two main components of the service are the inventory tool and internet-based professional development. The inventory tool was developed by the RICS across New York to help districts identify the applications they are using, identify the data administrator in the district for that application, and link to the company’s privacy policy. Currently the inventory tool supports more than 1,000 different applications, and the list is constantly growing. In addition, the inventory tool helps districts remain compliant with certain aspects of the Parents’ Bill of Rights. 

The professional development trains district staff on different aspects of web-based security awareness and steps users can take to protect data. The course combines both presentation and assessment and each district can assign components to applicable users. 

Additionally, the service provides quarterly digests with current information on strategies and best practices for data privacy and security, as well as “blasts” or news alerts, when pertinent information is time sensitive. 

Districts can also take advantage of webinars and interviews, as well as two half-day training sessions for district administrators on a variety of topics. All districts involved in the service will be invited to a “kick-off” meeting this summer, where WNYRIC staff will provide an overview of the service and walk participants through the implementation steps. 

For more information, please contact David Scalzo at or (716) 821-7197. 

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