The Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was implemented by the FCC in 2001 to keep kids safe online while at school. The schools who receive discounts for Internet access and internal connections through the E-Rate program must comply with CIPA guidelines.
Schools and libraries that qualify for the E-Rate program must ensure CIPA compliance through filtering or blocking the internet access of minors to protect them from obscene materials that might be damaging to them. They must also provide students training regarding acceptable online viewing habits.
Not being in CIPA compliant means the school or library who’s relied on the E-Rate program to provide services and learning tools they could otherwise not afford, would lose access to them.
Your educational institution needs to safeguard your CIPA certification and maintain eligibility for the E-Rate program by developing a written IT security policy that defines how IT assets are to be protected, what expected/appropriate online student behaviors are, and the consequences of violating those guidelines.
The experts at Security7 Networks can help you do that. There are seven critical steps we take to help ensure you are CIPA compliant at all times. They are:
The first step in the process is to perform an audit. Security7 uses a trusted 3rd party auditing firm to analyze your IT assets and business processes. The 3rd party's primary job is to examine your environment and locate toxic data collection points.
As the audit is underway, Security7’s experts will use established compliance standards to prepare a response plan for you. After the audit results are in and the response plan created, we’ll analyze the results to discover any potential problems that may already exist and prioritize remediation based on risk.
Our experts will implement controls and solutions developed specifically to keep you compliant. After implementation, we’ll give the solution another pass to identify any risks or problems that may have arisen, and we’ll remediate them.
Finally, you’ll be able to generate reports and respond to compliance-related inquiries and demonstrate that you are up to date with current compliance standards.