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Date: Mon Apr 24 21:51:26 2006
From: sol at (Sol Invictus)
Subject: What is wrong with schools these days?

CrYpTiC MauleR wrote:

>Already 2 school breaches on the news this week and my school will soon be added to the ever growing list, is this a trend? I mean how hard is it to protect some data. Allocate all the sensitive data on a select few servers and harden the hell out of them. Do these schools have info scattered around on various servers and sites and don't know what is where? I mean Jesus Christ just this week 477,000 personal records have been possibly breached. Does anyone know of any federal law being made or in discussion to prevent these from being an everyday thing and enforcing policies like California has?
>University after university is being hit, wait until elementary, middle and high schools become attacked since so many are moving towards putting and doing everything from grades, enrollment and attendance through a computer network. Its a disaster waiting to happen. I really wish there was better laws enforcing that these areas are better protected.
Where do you think all these Bot-nets are coming from?  They can't all 
be businesses.  Some of the biggest bot-nets out there are made of 
schools.  There mentality is to share information.  They don't like to 
keep info private.  Until that mentality changes, you will have this 
issue.  And it won't change until there is a massive breach of their 
lack of security and there is a big lawsuit against the schools. 

If you want to be proactive,  Call your attorney general and tell them 
your Privacy Act information is freely exposed by that entity.  Or just 
go public.  It's all your choice.  Your the one that holds everyone's 
info in your hands (whether literally or not).  The longer you wait, the 
more likely someone else has that info as well.

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