DOE FERPADepartment of Education
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act
DOE FERPA Compliance Service
Department of Education Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Compliance
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There is not a school in the U.S. that can afford to have student and employee data stolen through a data breach. Yet educational institutions are key targets for hackers – because of the student records and intellectual property they hold.
The U.S. Department of Education enforces the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which sets standards for data privacy and investigates complaints of violations.
Many institutions need a reliable vendor with demonstrated expertise in FERPA regulations and state-of-the-art cybersecurity.
Our IT compliance management services help you meet federal regulations, avoid violations that could cost you federal funding, and most of all, reduce your chances of a data breach. There are many ways we can help – but we recommend you start with a conversation with us. We prefer to start by understanding your institution’s current cybersecurity posture and giving you a sense of our expertise.
DOE FERPA FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE DOE FERPA PRIVACY LAW?
The Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (DOE FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records maintained by, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions. It applies to K-12 and postsecondary schools and institutions, including those serving students online, that receive funds under any program administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records, including the right to inspect and review them, to seek to have them amended, and to have some control over the disclosure of such records or personally identifiable information (PII) contained therein.These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 years or attends a postsecondary institution at any age.
Under FERPA, the educational institutions and their vendors must follow certain requirements governing the handling, disclosure, protection, and destruction of student information.
What are the components of a DOE FERPA Data Security Program Checklist?
This is a downloadable list of steps DOE recommends educational institutions take to protect student data privacy, confidentiality, and security of student data. It’s available at studentprivacy.ed.gov.
It includes multiple measures schools must take to ensure student data is protected as required. They include steps ranging from appropriate policy development and ongoing employee training to asset inventory, layered defenses, automated vulnerability scans and audit and compliance monitoring.
Small schools lacking an extensive administrative or IT staff should consider seeking compliance help from an experienced and compliant third-party vendor, such as ImageQuest.
HOW CAN IMAGEQUEST HELP US MEET FERPA REQUIREMENTS?
We are happy to talk with you, and learn your security needs. We can provide you with a Risk Assessment of your existing data security posture, documentation writing, security training, penetration testing, vulnerability scans, and other services. Learn more about our IT Compliance services here.