After teachers from our district attended an educational conference last
Spring we had several inquiries about using Skype in the school setting. The
IT group at RNESU looked at the possibility of using Skype in our schools
and after reading several articles that discussed security aspects of Skype
we decided to hold off. Our main concern being that Skype uses proprietary
encryption. Because it doesn't support logging and filtering it's difficult
to know exactly what information is coming in or going out.
In an article from last April on the silicon.com website titled, Is Skype
Secure Enough for Business?, the heading for the article's conclusion is:
Use at Your Peril.
While it's clear that Skype has wonderful potential for use in the school
setting, it's always prudent to understand the risks that would be
introduced. Just food for thought...
Technical Support, RNESU
From: School Information Technology Discussion
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Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:00 AM
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I've just had a teacher ask if I could install Skype on her computer at
work. She'd do it at home, but she lives on dial-up in the hinterland.
Frankly, I've never before been asked to do that on a school computer and my
first response was to say no, a response reinforced by the fact that it is
clearly for personal, not school, use. But I'm not really sure about the
issues involved. Are any of you using Skype at your schools?
Information Technology Director
Montpelier Public Schools
Montpelier, VT 05602