Why is CIPA Compliance so important to an Educational Institution?
The Children Internet Protection Act was implemented by the FCC in 2001 to keep kids safe online at schools who receive discounts for Internet access and internal connections through the E-Rate program.
Schools and libraries that qualify for the E-Rate program must ensure compliance through filtering or blocking the internet access of minors to protect them from obscene materials that might be damaging to them as well as provide students training on acceptable on-line viewing habits.
Not being in compliance 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.
How Security7 Networks can help your school or college stay CIPA compliant:
To safeguard your CIPA certification and maintain eligibility for the E-Rate program, your educational institution needs a to develop a written IT security policy that defines how IT assets are to be protected, what expected student online behaviors is, and the consequences of violations.
The experts at Security7 Networks can help you do that. There are seven key 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. Using a trusted 3rd party auditing firm, your IT assets and business processes will be examined and any toxic data collection points will be identified.
While the audit is being performed Security7’s experts will use established compliance standards to prepare a response plan. After the audit results are in and the response plan has been 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 and 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 enquiries and demonstrate that you are up to date with current compliance standards.