The Security Canons
School districts use data in countless ways, and data-related
security issues arise
quite frequently. One school district recently dealt with several ethical concerns
related to data security:
- A technician's error caused a server to crash after the network manager had
forgotten to backup files, resulting in several thousand dollars being spent to
restore lost data.
- A personal friendship between a school board member and school principal led
to informal data exchanges and, eventually, the inappropriate public release of
confidential student data.
How should staff respond to these situations?
What principles should guide this decisionmaking?