Back to School: Where is Your Child’s Information Stored?

Posted by ownCloud GmbH – 12. September 2017

It’s that time of year again. The kids are packing their backpacks and getting ready to head back to school. And while all parents worry about their child’s physical well-being, have they stopped to consider the well-being of their child’s personal information?

With Google’s court ruling being against their favor and Microsoft’s case in limbo, it is now more important than ever to know where your data is, and in this case, your child’s data. Think about the information that you are handing over to schools when you register your children. Social Security Number, date and place of birth, current address, etc. Have you ever thought where the school stores this information? In this day and age, it is a safe bet that it is stored on a computer, and it may even be safe to say that some of the schools are storing this information in some sort of cloud infrastructure. But who has access to this information? And with the number of data breaches and ransomware on the rise, knowing where your information is stored becomes even more important. This is why many educational institutions have chosen to use ownCloud.

The University of Münster is part of a 22-institution network of publicly funded research and education facilities with approximately 500,000 users. They chose to work with ownCloud’s on-premises approach, which assures that all data governance policies can be monitored and enforced. Students and teachers alike can rest assured knowing that their data is secure and out of reach of the wrong hands.

Furthermore, ownCloud has combatted major ransomware attacks including WannaCry and Petya by offering the possibility to filter access requests for files on an ownCloud server with the ownCloud File Firewall using tags and criteria such as IP address range, device type, file size, subnet, region, time or group membership. If these rules are violated within a connection request, access to the file is denied.

So where are your children’s information stored and who has access to it?