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Malvern, Pa. – July 19, 2018 – Frontline Education, an integrated insights partner to more than 12,000 educational organizations representing over 80,000 schools nationwide, today announced that it has successfully completed a Service Organization Controls (SOC 2) Type 2 examination across its entire solutions platform. This builds on the SOC 2 Type 1 report that Frontline completed earlier this year, covering security of customer systems and industry standard security criteria as defined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
“Security and privacy are essential components of the value that Frontline Education provides to our partners in the education community. Investment in this critical area is a core responsibility to our clients and a key differentiator across our industry-leading solutions,” said Tim Clifford, President & CEO of Frontline Education. “The report provides our valued clients and partners with independent, third-party verification that our operations meet or exceed industry standards levels for processes and controls.”
The SOC 2 Type 2 examination for the security principles was performed by Grant Thornton LLP, one of the country’s top audit firms. The scope of the review covered all core Frontline Education solutions and products, including Recruiting & Hiring, Absence & Time, Professional Growth, Special Education, Frontline Central and the Frontline Insights Platform.
Frontline Education’s SOC 2 assessment was the first of its kind in K-12 human capital management, providing assurance that Frontline security programs are effectively designed and uniquely capable of managing cybersecurity risk. The SOC 2 Type 2 report features an extended examination process to collect evidence proving continuous adherence over an 8-month period.
“Achieving SOC 2 Type 2 certification is a rigorous process, ensuring sustainable processes and an ongoing commitment to security and privacy built to address realistic threats in the future,” said Kenneth Brown, Chief Information Security Officer. “With over 400 educational institutions reporting breaches since 2016, we believe it is critical to take a lead in enhanced security and data privacy efforts in service of the education community.”
Exceeding regulatory requirements while preserving client control over their proprietary data is essential to Frontline Education’s partnership with educational organizations. Frontline also conducts regular threat assessments and ongoing system-wide monitoring to help protect client data. Additionally, Frontline is a Student Privacy Pledge signatory and has designed its security program to comply with the security elements of FERPA, HIPAA/HITECH and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
Frontline Education’s SOC 2 report is available to clients and partners upon request and completion of a non-disclosure agreement.
About SOC 2 Certification
SOC 2 Certification is rare in K-12 education despite the incredibly sensitive data that education technology companies must collect and store on behalf of clients. The few SOC 2 Reports that do exist for K-12 education technology are limited in scope and often attained by affiliation because companies outsource their data centers to third-party firms with the certification. Frontline Education solutions are built for the secure and confidential management and storage of the millions of human capital and administrative records amassed by clients every day. This SOC 2 Report covers all Frontline Education security operations.
About Frontline Education
Frontline Education is an integrated insights partner serving more than 12,000 educational organizations, over 80,000 schools and millions of educators, administrators and support personnel in their efforts to develop the next generation of learners. With nearly 20 years of experience serving the front line of education, Frontline Education is dedicated to providing actionable insights that enable informed decisions and drive engagement across school systems.
Bringing together the best education software solutions into one unified platform, Frontline makes it possible to efficiently and effectively manage the administrative needs of the education community, including their recruiting and hiring, absence and time management, professional growth, special education and employee records management. Frontline Education corporate headquarters are in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with offices in Andover, Massachusetts, Austin, TX, Rockville Centre, New York, Salt Lake City, Utah and Chicago, Illinois.
Learn more at www.FrontlineEducation.com