February 15, 2007 | San Diego, CA | Press Releases

Julie Amero Case: Cautionary Tale for Teachers, School IT Staff

The furor over “Norwich vs. Amero” continues to grow as IT managers and teachers alike realize that they may be at risk.  This week’s Malware Report covers basic tips teachers and IT managers must follow to prevent facing the same fate as the 38 year old substitute teacher, Julie Amero. Quoted in the podcast is Nancy Willard of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, who says, “In Connecticut, there is now a precedent: if the school district’s technical system is not absolutely, totally secure and if there is ever a situation where a student accidentally views pornography or spyware is accidentally downloaded which delivers pop-up porn sites, then whatever teacher is supposed to be supervising the students is at high risk of arrest and conviction.”

 

“Every teacher in the state is now in a position where they are totally dependent on the expertise of the technology director to ensure they are not subjected to such arrest and conviction.  If their technology director fails at any time, the teacher is the one who will get the ‘go to jail’ card,” said Willard. 

 

Of course, the podcast also covers the possibility that the “go to jail” card might eventually migrate to the IT director if bills aren’t paid or subscriptions lapse.

 

“We did a Harris Poll a number of months ago,” notes Randy Abrams of
ESET, who is one of the regulars on The Malware Report. “The results showing the vast majority of Americans don't bother to update their anti-malware software was not unexpected. To find out the Norwich school district was using outdated, obsolete, and completely unsupported anti-virus on teacher's computers that were connected to the school network was completely shocking.” 

 

The Malware Report is available on iTunes at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=169608810
or at http://www.eset.com/podcasts/.