Wyoming student data may not be protected

Wyoming student data may not be protected

A statewide technology audit in Wyoming showed that 12 of the 38 school districts that participated do not use encryption software to protect student data, News OK reported.

The statistics raised concerns for Wyoming legislators who are currently considering state approaches to data security and privacy issues.

Legislators plan to work with the Wyoming Department of Education in order to increase security measures. One issue that they must consider is the fact that some of the smaller districts may not have adequate resources to ensure proper security is in place.

The Wyoming Department of Education, however, has formalized and formerly unwritten security procedures and is implementing mandatory training for all staff members concerning data security protocols according to Aaron Roberts, service manager at the Wyoming Department of Education.

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