CoSN Releases New Report on the Safety and Security of Personal Devices in K-12 Schools

Examines Security Risks and Solutions for Bring Your Own Device Initiatives
Washington, DC
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Washington, DC (September 6, 2012) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released a Fall 2012 EdTechNext Report, titled “Safe & Secure? Managing the Risks of Personal Devices.” The latest in a series of mini-reports that explore emerging technologies and trends, this new report examines today’s advancing Bring Your Own (BYO) initiatives and related safety and security risks facing school districts nationwide.

“Apps and mobile devices are being utilized more and more in education, forcing schools to reexamine their mobile device policies,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “These continuous advancements are creating an unprecedented set of safety and security challenges for school leaders, so it’s imperative that leaders are prepared and have at their fingertips a set of technical solutions to prevent data breaches and protect personal devices.”

The report outlines leading BYO initiatives – namely, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Bring Your Own Network (BYON) and Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) / Bring Your Own Applications (BYOA) – and explains the factors driving BYOD, including ensuring students receive a 21st century education and decreasing district costs. Consequently, BYO initiatives have created safety and security risks in schools, which the report identifies, including:

  • Student safety – students who own such devices becoming the targets of theft or physical harm;
  • Device theft or damage – district liability if a student-owned device is stolen or damaged;
  • Inappropriate student (and staff) use – cyberbullying, sexting, cheating or accessing inappropriate content or websites;
  • Data and network breaches – hacking or unauthorized access to data or computing resources; and
  • Legal and regulatory compliance – requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in relation to student-owned devices.

In addition, the report also provides real-life examples of solutions to effectively address these challenges and includes information on the most preferred technologies for mitigating mobile security risks. This section of the report also provides a table detailing the solutions that provide the recommended protections and notes their advantages.

CoSN’s EdTechNext Reports are a series of mini-reports developed to keep educators up to speed on the latest trends in education technology. They provide a brief introduction to new and emerging technologies and insight on their educational value. Sponsors of the reports include Adobe, Comcast, Gartner, GlobalScholar, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Lightspeed Systems, Pearson, PolyVision, Qualcomm, SAS, SchoolDude, SMART Technologies and Wireless Generation.

The reports are only available to members of CoSN. For media contacts interested in

receiving a complimentary copy of the latest report, please contact Jennifer Cummings at, or Michael Kaplun at

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