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School Reputation Online Easily Destroyed by Breaches

Reputation is a precious resource for online Higher Ed. It drives your degree value and that drives revenue. Your school reputation online can be destroyed by criminals quickly in a breach. Because that causes scandal. Criminals are one of the top causes of unwelcome publicity, fines and lawsuits. They get inside your system by impersonating others. Their goals may be financial aid fraud, cryptojacking, cheating, ransoms, records theft or just general mayhem. Logging in as ... Read more

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Shared Credentials Means You’re Guilty of Hacking

If someone enters the right credentials, that’s good enough for any website. Simple username/password is the most popular way hackers gain entry.  You’ve almost certainly done it too. You’ve impersonated someone, or let someone else impersonate you. You've shared credentials. Have you ever…. 1. Shared your banking login with your spouse 2. Used team passwords at work 3. Shared passwords for a family photo sharing account 4. Shared passwords for individual iTunes accounts to share ... Read more

Patient Privacy Now Top Concern Over Cost of Care

Eventually, patients had to react to ongoing stories of how their data is used without their knowledge online. They may have felt safe on Facebook before, but ongoing privacy scandals across the internet seem to have caused new awareness of data dangers. Patient privacy has zoomed to the top of their concerns. A recent survey by insurance company Aetna shows patient concerns have now tilted to privacy over cost or even quality of care. Healthcare ... Read more

OIG Fine of $712M for School

CASE STUDY By Dr. Mark Sarver, Chief Behaviorist, Biometric Signature ID and Former CEO of EDUKAN The findings of the audit, which began more than four years ago, were not a surprise to most observers. That’s because the inspector general relied on a 1992 federal law that defines aid eligibility for distance education programs, which many have said poses a problem for WGU, some other competency-based programs, and possibly online education writ large. The ... Read more

GDPR Compliance And You

GDPR COMPLIANCE AND YOU Published: 14 May 2018 GDPR COMPLIANCE OVERVIEW  A look at the EU’s latest General Data Protection directive (GDPR) and the new PCI DSS and how BioSig-ID meets regulatory statutes to keep you in compliance By Jeff Maynard, Founder, President and CEO, Biometric Signature ID A new EU (European Union) compliance regulation and the new PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards)will redefine user privacy within Europe and beyond. The General ... Read more

Multi-Factor Authentication -The New Frontier Of Virtual Security: Here’s Why

Multi-Factor Authentication - The New Frontier Of Virtual Security: Here’s Why Hardly a day goes by where there’s not a report of a data breach, or someone’s personal information getting stolen. Despite many of our best efforts, data breaches are still a very real, very BIG problem. In 2017, 2 billion files were leaked as a result of data breaches and those are just the ones that were reported. As you’re reading this you ... Read more

Data Breaches… More At Stake Than Just Your Bottom Line

Turn on the news, read an online article, or pick up a paper and chances are you’ll see a story about another data breach identity driven hack and its impact on a company’s bottom line. What you won’t typically see, are the number of records that were stolen, the types of records being hacked and perhaps most importantly, the effect it has on a company/industry beyond just the monetary value. Since 2013 more than ... Read more

Student Authentication Guidelines: Coming Soon To An Accreditor Near You

Lately there’s been quite a lot of buzz surrounding “student authentication” and what universities and colleges need to do to become compliant. From the landmark case between WGU and the OIG, to the countless billions lost in 2017 alone to academic cheating and financial aid fraud, it’s clear that the time for change is now. Recently the largest education accrediting agency in the U.S. passed new requirements for student ID authentication. The new regulation(s) stands to change ... Read more

Accurate Attendance Records: Why It’s Necessary For Compliance and Saves You Money

Each semester, education loan fraud by criminals who pose as students grows tremendously. The victims?  Mostly low tuition schools offering online or distance learning programs. Fraudsters are easily able to pose as students because they are not required to make a physical presence. As long as a student can make it to census date, they are eligible to receive the thousands of dollars from Pell Grant monies remaining on their student account. Keeping accurate ... Read more

EdTech Conference Highlights Biometric Signature ID’s Biometric Password

The Biometric Signature ID team headed to a recent EdTech conference which draws education I.T. professionals who want to see the latest tools that enable online education. BSI was there to demonstrate BioSig-ID, its patented software that authenticates student identities. Currently many schools and their learning management systems are accessible with simple username and password or PIN. That's not authentication, it's just credential approval. It could be anyone behind that keyboard. Did you know ... Read more

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