It has made headlines across the state, throughout Australia, and even internationally. The introduction of a wholesale ban on mobile phones for students in Victorian state primary and secondary schools will begin in 2020, with calls for independent and Catholic schools in the state to adopt the measure, and even suggestions that the move may be implemented beyond Victoria. Initially announced by State Education Minister James Merlino, the ban is intended to reduce levels of student distraction in classrooms and cyberbullying in schools. In essence, it is a student wellbeing issue.
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has announced a new form of proof of entitlement allowing students to access concession fares. For pupils at schools that choose to participate, this innovative and flexible option will mean that it is no longer necessary to prearrange, pay for and carry the dedicated PTV School Student ID card in order to travel on student passes or fares.
We are pleased to announce that Compass has achieved Level One compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) - a key indicator of our commitment to ensuring the data of those who use Compass is kept secure.
What is Two-factor Authentication (2FA)?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an identity verification feature employed in various online systems, notably by banks and financial institutions. 2FA conducts a non-invasive but highly effective “double check” when people sign in for the first time on a new device, sending them a unique Access Code (for example, via SMS) to make sure they are indeed the owner of the username and password provided.
To assist with the rollout of mandatory two-factor authentication (2fa) for Compass users at secondary schools in Victoria, a number of principals, technicians, IT managers and Compass sponsors at schools with 2fa currently enabled were contacted to offer feedback on the use of 2fa within their school community.
To begin with an unsurprising result, 90.91% of respondents considered cybersecurity ‘extremely important’ within their school community, with only one respondent saying it was ‘very important’. This result is slightly higher than the perception of cybersecurity in general, which 81.82% of respondents considered ‘extremely important’ and the remainder found to be ‘very important’. It will not be surprising that in both cases, none of those asked considered cybersecurity ‘somewhat important’, ‘not so important’, or ‘not at all important’, however it is interesting to note that this suggests a trend towards seeing cybersecurity as especially important within the education sector.
Most of our respondents were at least ‘somewhat familiar’ with 2fa prior to its introduction at their school. The rest were either ‘very familiar’ or ‘extremely familiar’, however it appears that this was not the case across their schools in general. Nevertheless, this made enabling it highly valuable as a means of educating staff about data security: