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Access to SIS DB by non-employees located in another country
I am writing to gain insight on the issues involved with allowing access to the institutional Student Information System by non-employees. This access would be on an ongoing basis, with read/write ability, by individuals who work for a foreign language institution in a foreign country. The foreign institution is partnering with our institution to supply undergraduate educational services on their campus.
When I was approached with this request earlier today, I got the queasy feeling in my stomach defining major concern. Our SIS has security that is configured for function, and not location, so we are looking into possible customization. However, aside from technology, I think there are a number of other issues that need to be addressed, such as FERPA (does this even apply?), InfoSec, international data breach concerns, QA, support, training, etc.
Have any of you untaken a request such as this? Any suggestions or gotcha’s that need to be addressed? Any non-technology issues that need to be addressed?
Your input is MUCH appreciated,
Chief Information Officer
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216