The growing problem of cyberattacks against school districts merits the strongest possible cybersecurity and data privacy response to help protect students and their personal data. A new technology partnership between Caetra.io, a Harris Beach subsidiary, and CoSN, the nation’s premier professional association for school system technology leaders, helps support school districts in building strong student data privacy programs.
CyMetric, a cloud-based software solution that generates policies and prescribes controls to connect security practices to regulatory requirements, now maps the requirements of the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal.
The CoSN TLE Seal is a national distinction awarded to school districts that demonstrate a tangible commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices. The Seal Program requires school systems to have implemented high standards for student data privacy protections around five core practice areas: Leadership, Business, Data Security, Professional Development, and Classroom.
“School districts that have earned the CoSN TLE Seal have implemented meaningful student data privacy and security programs, and have committed to continuous improvement of those programs,” noted Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “It’s a significant achievement, and we applaud all efforts to support school districts in this important and challenging work.”
CyMetric is the flagship product of Caetra.io, a provider of governance, risk and legal compliance (GRC) software. The CyMetric platform addresses cybersecurity and data privacy risk management across numerous industries.
Currently the software maps major data privacy regulations, including New York Education Law 2-D Part 121, General Data Protection Regulation, the New York Shield Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, California Consumer Privacy Act, and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, as well as industry-standard security and privacy frameworks, now including TLE.
In addition to integrating the law into controls and policies, the software eases the work of technology teams in mapping legal requirements to specific controls and providing the framework to systematically progress through the work.
Individual school districts in New York and Pennsylvania are among those with CyMetric licenses, as are New York Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and Pennsylvania Intermediate Units.
“Including TLE requirements as part of the CyMetric license will assist districts in building and maintaining organization-wide privacy programs and ensure they have a roadmap for ongoing maturity of their student data privacy protections,” said Michael Compisi, President, Caetra.io. “Caetra is proud to assist CoSN in solidifying data privacy protocols for the nation’s school districts.”
Caetra.io, a wholly owned subsidiary of law firm Harris Beach PLLC, develops software tools that streamline the process of building, deploying, updating and assessing your compliance programs. With Caetra.io, you can count on clear identification of compliance needs tailored to your organization, a roadmap for meeting that compliance, and assurance that your compliance will evolve as the regulatory landscape changes. Caetra’s flagship product, CyMetric, is a platform that generates policies and prescribes controls to reveal how well your current security practices meet compliance objectives – and how to close the gaps. The CyMetric application:
- Integrates the law into your controls and policies
- Removes the personnel burden of monitoring regulations
- Receives updates for ongoing regulatory compliance
- Eliminates the redundancies of overlapping regulations
- Builds a culture of compliance from the top down
For more information, visit www.caetra.io.
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices, and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. Visit cosn.org to learn more.
About the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment Seal Program
The CoSN Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal program is the nation’s only data privacy framework for school systems, focused on building a culture of trust and transparency. The TLE Seal was developed by CoSN in collaboration with a diverse group of 28 school system leaders nationwide and with support from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) and ASCD. School systems that meet the program requirements will earn the TLE Seal, signifying their commitment to student data privacy to their community. TLE Seal recipients also commit to continuous examination and demonstrable future advancement of their privacy practices. CoSN.org/Trusted
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