Virtual Proctoring and Passwords – At The End Of Their Rope?

  Updated policies on student ID verification from the Department of ED are signaling an end to Virtual Proctoring and Passwords. These changes while not drastic, include new rules and regulations specifically tied to Academic Integrity.  As part of the Reauthorized Education Act of 2020 (clause §602.17(g) stipulates: Removal of the words Passwords and Proctoring AND… That institutions must use processes that protect student privacy   Let's explore WHY these changes took place: Consideration 1: [...]

New Hotbed For Academic Cheating Springs Up In One Of The Most Unlikely Places!

With the Fall semester in full swing, you can be sure that students are already looking for ways to cheat! We all know that academic fraud is a growing threat in higher education, especially since most assessments are only accessed with a password that anybody can use. (this is why the Dept. of Education has removed passwords as compliant for student ID verification) A recent New York Times article uncovered a new (and dare we say [...]

Selecting A Biometric? Here’s Our Top 10 Tips For Success

Biometric identification is a fact of life. Yet choosing the wrong biometric solution can get you sued, increase your costs, cause a user rebellion and turn your life upside down. When choosing a biometric solution, it’s critical that you have certain minimum standards in place. Whether choosing a biometric for user authentication or as part of a Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) solution you need a worry-free platform that meets all current regulations and reduces your liability. [...]

Passive Behavioral Biometrics: Identifying the Fallacies and Dispelling the Myths

In today’s ever-expanding technology market, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest buzz words and noise. Start talking about biometrics and you’ll likely hear someone throw out terms like “frictionless”, “passive” and “behavioral” but what does this all mean and better yet, how does it impact you? For starters, companies who advertise themselves as behavioral biometrics are really talking about “behavioral patterns only” and then combine with either keystroke or face biometrics to [...]

Financial Aid Fraud – How to keep your job and avoid having your name in the press

Financial Aid Fraud. We’re at a tipping point and things are about to explode. The reality is, FSA fraud is a $6B problem annually and it’s happening in your institution. Consider this: The Department of Education shows that 3.99% and 8.15% of Direct loans and Pell grants respectively are part of “improper payments” paid out annually. Several reasons exist for this but the one that hurts you most is “straw student” fraud.  The Dept [...]

Student ID Authentication Strategy Now Impacted By Negotiated Rulemaking

It’s official! By now you’ve heard that big things are happening in higher-ed. Earlier this year, the Department of Education (ED) met with the establishment of the Accreditation and Innovation Committee to begin the negotiated rulemaking process (Neg Reg). As of the beginning of April, the U.S. Department of Education's negotiated rulemaking committee came to an agreement on all 50+ issues up for consideration. Included in the new set of rules and regulations was a section [...]

Biometrics and ID Authentication Now Combines with Document Verification

In a world where anonymity is often used as a means to infiltrate organizations undetected or assume someone else’s identity, authentication and access management are becoming increasingly important tools in the virtual fight against data breaches and fraud across all industries. And while the concept of ID verification may seem fairly straight forward, nothing could be further from the truth. Ask a room full of IT guys what the best authentication platform is and [...]

Proctoring Auto-Authentication Is Not Authentication

WHY INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE LEERY OF THIS AUTHENTICATION CLAIM The latest twist on virtual proctoring – a service to help online school programs protect against cheating – is “auto-authentication,” a way to take the human observation element out and leave it to computers to ensure identity. The process is designed to be cheaper than human-aided proctoring which is typically expensive – averaging more than $20 a student per test. The problem is, it isn't [...]

Hackers Just Broke into Admissions Databases at 3 Colleges. Are You Next?

News outlets across the country are reporting that last week, at least 3 colleges and potentially one vendor with more than 800 higher-ed clients were potential victims of a cyber-attack that gave unauthorized access to highly sensitive data. The takeaway? Hackers made off with personal admissions data and offered potential students a chance to see his/her admissions file, including comments by admissions officers, assigned ratings, interview notes, teacher recommendations, and a tentative decision. How did [...]

Think You’re Not Target Of Academic Dishonesty? Think Again!

Academic dishonesty (aka cheating) ... Even with newly passed rules and regulations in place, cheating is ever-increasing. We all know it's a growing problem in higher education, but why? One answer, online courses. Thanks to online and distance edu. courses, students have a way to earn degrees without ever cracking open a textbook. A quick 15-minute Google search and you'll find yourself with a plethora of options ranging from test banks to essay mills and [...]

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