The federal government has unveiled its National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education plan, which seeks to develop an elite cybersecurity workforce by focusing on improving education and skills, including establishing a campaign to help the public understand Internet risks.
Companies need to put policies and procedures in place to manage USB-device usage, Michael Vizard writes. USB drives can easily be lost or stolen, putting company data at risk, and they can also provide malware with an easy back door to the company's system, Vizard writes. Security procedures and encryption tools can help limit these risks, he writes.
The number of Oklahoma students doing schoolwork online has increased 400% to more than 5,400 over the past three years, according to a Tulsa World analysis of state data. School officials are in favor of virtual schooling but not without caution. "While this is something we think education as a whole should embrace, like anything else, it is something we should be taking a close look at in terms of quality and consistency," said Damon Gardenhire, communications director for the state's education department.
Google+ is an attractive option for educators interested in a social media presence, in part, because it offers enhanced privacy, says technology journalist Audrey Watters. The site allows users more control than other social media sites over what they share online and with who. However, Watters writes that the site's ban of users with pseudonyms and nicknames may cause some consternation because some teachers may want to further protect their privacy.