Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Securing High-Tech Classrooms

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Securing High-Tech Classrooms

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Editor's note: Politics, beyond funding, normally is not a major topic for T.H.E. Journal. But increasingly, politics is affecting technology and education. A case in point is the politics of security as exemplified by the Supreme Court decision of June 29, striking down the Child Online Protection Act (COPA). Your vote in the future can affect not only security-related issues such as COPA, but also other technology and education concerns. Future issues of T.H.E. Journal will include information to help you think about the upcoming election, as well as how it will affect technology and education in both K-12 and higher education.

Security is defined as "the state or feeling of being free from fear, care, danger, etc.; safety or a sense of safety." As a technology user and bureaucrat responsible for instructional technology policy and practices at a state department of education in the early 1990s, I had a very simplistic view of security: Don't leave your password where others may find it, and be careful with any equipment that you take with you to presentations to ensure it isn't stolen. If I did those things, I felt free from fear, care and danger, technologically speaking.

Then I was asked to take on responsibility of the department's information systems, and my view of security changed. Over 1,000 computers, an internal network, wiring closets, servers, a mainframe, a growing wide area network, a student information system with more than 3 million students on over 6,000 campuses in 1,100 districts were involved. We also were responsible for creating, maintaining and implementing a disaster-recovery plan. I never felt free from fear, care and danger, technologically speaking, during my time in that position. …

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