Category Archives: PTAC

FERPA 101

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This 2011 webinar provides a basic overview of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The webinar is intended to inform education officials, teachers and staff at state and local agencies and institutions about the requirements of FERPA. Presented by Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) FERPA 101 Recording and Transcript

Identity Authentication Best Practices

This 2012 brief offers best practice recommendations for developing and implementing effective authentication processes to help ensure that only appropriate individuals and entities have access to education records. General suggestions provided in the brief are applicable to all modes of data access, be it in person, over the phone, by mail, or electronically. Published by […]

Cloud Computing

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This 2015 update of a 2012 document is designed to assist educational agencies and institutions that are considering using cloud computing solutions for education data. It contains responses to frequently asked questions about meeting necessary data privacy and data security requirements, including compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, to ensure proper protection […]

Data Governance and Stewardship

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This 2011 brief provides guidance on how to successfully manage complex data systems by establishing a comprehensive data governance approach. Data governance principles discussed in this paper apply to a large number of audiences and can be used to improve data management of systems spanning pre-school through postsecondary education and into the workforce. Published by: […]

Data Security: Top Threats to Data Protection

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This 2011 brief outlines critical threats to educational data and information systems. Threats are divided into two categories: technical and non-technical. A brief description of each threat is followed by a suggestion of appropriate risk mitigation measures. Published by: Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Data Security: Top Threats to Data Protection

Data Governance Checklist

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This 2011 checklist is designed to assist stakeholder organizations with establishing and maintaining a successful data governance program by summarizing the key data privacy and security components of such a program and listing specific best practice action items. The following elements of Data Governance & Management are addressed: DG1a, DG2a, DG2b, DG4c, & DG6c, Pages […]

Data Security Checklist

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This 2011 document assists stakeholder organizations, such as state and local educational agencies, with developing and maintaining a successful data security program. Published by: Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Data Security Checklist