Publication Date: October 7, 2015

DCL ID:  ANN-15-15

Subject: Live Internet Webinar - Protecting Student Information: IT Security Best Business Practices

Summary: This letter announces Federal Student Aid's instructor-led, online training session that will describe best practices for protecting student data at institutions of higher education.

Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce instructor-led, online training that will provide valuable information on the protection of personally identifiable information (PII) at institutions of higher education, both on campus and by third-party servicers. We will provide guidance on the institutional responsibility to protect all Title IV federal student aid data, identify various threats to data security, and describe how to minimize those threats with a risk-based approach to building and implementing a security plan. Attendees will be encouraged to use the information and resources presented during the webinar to help build, validate, and improve security controls.

This training is designed for IT individuals who develop and maintain security requirements for an institution, but will also be of interest to anyone in the financial aid community who wants to better understand how to reduce risks to confidential student information.

We will present this information in one 60-minute session, offered on four separate occasions:

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at 2:00 P.M. (ET)

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 11:30 A.M. (ET)

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 11:30 A.M. (ET)

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 2:00 P.M. (ET)

Note: There may be a difference between a trainee’s local time and Eastern Time. To determine local time and its Eastern Time zone equivalent, click on this link:

http://www.time.gov/

Advance registration is required for this training and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To allow for as many participants as possible, we strongly encourage groups to view the webinar from a single location if accommodations allow. If viewing as a group, only one person from the group needs to register.

To register for the webinar, click on this link:

http://fsaregistration.ed.gov/d/qrqhyw

Once registered, we will send an e-mail confirmation to the trainee. The trainee should retain this confirmation, as it contains important information, including linking and log in information for the Web site, system test links, and cancellation information. If unable to attend, we request that the trainee cancel his or her registration so that individuals who wish to attend may do so.

PowerPoint slides will be available for each trainee to download after he or she signs in to the webinar. During the webinar, trainees will be able to ask questions electronically using their computers.

We look forward to your participation in this instructor-led, online training opportunity. If you have questions about this training opportunity, please contact us at FSA_SchoolSecurity@ed.gov.

Sincerely,

John Brooks
Acting Service Director, Operations
Federal Student Aid

   

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