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Taking Payments Securely While Working Remotely

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Posted on March 24, 2020 in Building Your Smarter Campus, Payment Technology Trends, Security

With the rise of COVID-19 (coronavirus), what was once an easy in-person payment in the business office has changed dramatically. Now, remote staff are trying to take payments from their home office with students over the phone. Yet regardless of where a payment is taken, it still must be protected from breaches and encrypted for... Read More »

Know Your Cybersecurity Terms

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Posted on March 16, 2020 in Compliance, Security

Information technology and security have plenty of acronyms and new terminology – which can leave people who do not work in the field feeling a little out of touch. To help, here’s a few industry terms that you may find helpful. Breach vs. Hack These two terms are often used interchangeably — in reality, they... Read More »

What is a Social Engineering Attack?

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Posted on March 02, 2020 in Compliance, Security

Social engineering attacks as ways to steal information have been around for a long time, but some of the tactics have matured and become harder to detect. Social engineering continues to be one of the easiest, non-technical methods for an attacker to gain a foothold into a target’s systems or network. Social engineering includes scareware, phishing, vishing, piggybacking, quid... Read More »

5 Tips to Keep Info Safe

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Posted on February 27, 2020 in Compliance, Security

Working within an university requires handling paperwork, electronic records, and a wide variety of information. The data owners and university administration expect that sensitive data, including confidential, personal, health, and financial information will be managed safely and securely. Here are five tips for keeping electronic and printed information safe on your campus or remotely: Frequently a... Read More »

What Does AB-1313 Mean for Higher Education Institutions?

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Posted on February 13, 2020 in Building Your Smarter Campus, Payment Technology Trends, Professional Development, Security

On January 1, 2020, California Law AB-1313 went into effect. If you’ve been following along (or are in California), you’ll most likely be aware of the bill, which was voted on in October 2019. Under the new law, if a California student has outstanding debt, the institution they attend can’t charge higher transcript fees, provide... Read More »

CCPA Compliance Tips for Higher Ed

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Posted on February 07, 2020 in Compliance, Security

California Consumer Privacy Act Compliance and Higher Education Institutions   On January 1, 2020, AB 375 of the California Consumer Privacy Act officially went into effect. Essentially, this law was designed to protect the personal online information of California consumers. Any for-profit California businesses (including higher education institutions) are affected if one or more of... Read More »

Understanding PCI DSS Level 1 Compliance

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Posted on October 31, 2019 in Compliance, Payment Technology Trends, Security

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Council (PCI Security Standards Council) is an open global forum that is responsible for the development, management, education and awareness of PCI Security Standards, including data security standards, payment application data security standards and pin transaction security.  PCI Standards Overview The council’s five founding global payment brands have agreed to incorporate PCI... Read More »

FERPA: Parents, Payment Plans, and Permission

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Posted on September 27, 2019 in Building Your Smarter Campus, Communication and Advancement, Compliance, Financial Wellness, Security

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is tricky business. It makes the college student the sole owner of their grades and financial information, even while their parents are footing the tuition bill. It’s a difficult conversation to have when parents call the university to make a payment, but the financial officer is unable... Read More »

Cybersecurity While Traveling

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Posted on July 23, 2019 in Compliance, Security

We all know that proper planning helps make for a perfect vacation. And, with these simple cybersecurity tips, you too can have a marvelous, relaxed getaway. Planning Your Vacation Avoid booking scams. Be sure to use a reputable booking site to avoid fake websites or scams. You can double-check the Better Business Bureau’s web page... Read More »

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