Tips for Internal Investigations While Maintaining Privacy
Published Jan 11 2023 08:00 AM 3,553 Views

The landscape for education is continuously changing as new mediums for expression, communication, and interaction evolve. Children and young adults adapt to new technology with legendary ease, but how can schools ensure that those explorations stay safe? Especially with the porous boundaries enabled by mobile devices and uncapped levels of information. 


In this month’s episode of Uncovering Hidden Risks, we explore how schools can conduct internal investigations while maintaining the privacy and safety of students within the K-12 education system. Joining us as the episode guest is Randyll Newman, Supervisor of Student Data and Information Security for Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia. Randyll oversees the planning, operation, and management of security for the school division's network infrastructure, data, and student information systems. He also served 10 years as a police officer and detective in Fairfax County, Va., retiring from the United States Naval Reserves after serving 26 years.


Our guest host is Christophe Fiessinger, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Engineering.

Together, we’ll explore how educational organizations can balance the need for internal investigations with user privacy, as well as look at examples from previous case studies in education.  


In this episode, we’ll cover:  

  • Prince William County Public Schools' reputation for innovative education
  • Business and technical requirements for internal investigations
  • The importance of maintaining privacy for students and faculty
  • Considerations and adherence to regulatory compliance: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
  • Tips and advice for other organizations

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For more background, read the Prince William County Public Schools case study.


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