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What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

How Can Blumira Help With FERPA?

Blumira can help your organization easily meet and exceed FERPA requirements for logging, monitoring, threat detection and response.

By regularly running and scheduling Blumira’s pre-built FERPA compliance reports, you can prove your compliance to an auditor for certain controls.

Which Reports Map to Which FERPA Requirements?

See which Blumira reports map to which FERPA requirements so you can easily hand over pre-built reports to your auditor to prove your compliance. Please note that each report is available for certain integrations, which are listed under each report below:

FERPA RequirementsBlumira’s Global Reports
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – Failed Logins: Identify brute force and other credential attacksFERPA Controls - Failed Logins
Available for: Windows, Linux, MacOS
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – Privileged Access: Track access by administrators and power usersFERPA Controls - Administrator Access
Available for: Windows

FERPA Controls - Admin/root Access
Available for: Linux
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – Log Tampering:Detect modifications or deletions of log dataFERPA Controls Log Tampering - Clearing of Windows Event Log
FERPA Controls Log Tampering - Clearing of Windows Security Event Log
Available for: Windows
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – VPN Connections: Monitor remote access methods and usersFERPA Controls - VPN Connections
Available for: Fortigate, Cisco ASA, WatchGuard, GlobalProtect, SonicWall, Sophos
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(iv)(B) – Firewall Traffic: Analyze allowed/blocked connections at perimeterFERPA - Allowed Firewall Traffic
FERPA - Blocked Firewall Traffic
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – IDS/IPS Alerts: Identify potential intrusion attempts and malwareFERPA - IDS/IPS Alerts
Available for: Fortigate, Sonicwall, PaloAlto, Checkpoint, Sophos XG, Umbrella
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – USB Device Usage: Detect unauthorized devices plugged into endpointsFERPA - USB Device Attached
Available for: Windows

FERPA Controls - Mounted Device
FERPA Controls - USB Device Attached
Available for: MacOS
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – Account Lockouts: Find accounts locked due to excessive failed loginsFERPA - Account Lockouts
Available for: Windows
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – Password Resets: Track password changes for awareness of compromised accountsFERPA - Password Change
Available for: Windows

FERPA - Azure Password Change
Available for: Azure
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – Logins by Location: Spot access from unfamiliar regionsFERPA - Logins from Outside the US
FERPA - Logins from Outside the UK
FERPA - Logins from Outside the AUS
FERPA - Logins from Outside the CA
Available for: Azure, Microsoft 365, Duo Security, Okta
FERPA 99.31(a)(1)(ii) – System Changes: Record critical configuration and policy changesFERPA - Windows GPO Updates
Available for: Windows

FERPA - Azure Policy Changes
Available for: Azure

FERPA Firewall Configuration Change
Available for: Fortigate, Cisco ASA, SonicWall, Sophos XG

How Can I Access the FERPA Reports?

Blumira customers can use global and saved reports to easily access FERPA compliance reports, as well as many other reports to analyze the logged events that you send Blumira. 

To view a CIS global report or one of your saved reports, follow these easy steps:

  1. Navigate to Reporting > Report Builder. Click to open the additional options menu (the three dot menu seen on the right side).
  2. Click Load Saved Report
  3. Type FERPA into the search box at the top of the Saved Reports screen.
  4. In the Saved Reports window, click the report that you want to use, ensuring that it matches your integrated data source(s).

Get more tips on how to use Blumira’s Report Builder in our documentation article, Using global and saved reports. Watch the video below to learn more about using Report Builder:

Blumira For Compliance: Easy & Effective Security For SMBs

It’s easy to help meet or support multiple compliance controls using Blumira’s SIEM + XDR platform. With our platform backed by a 24/7 security operations team, organizations get 24/7 coverage – there’s no need to hire full-time analysts. See our other posts on NIST compliance reports, ISO reports, and the different compliance frameworks we support.

There’s a few different ways you can get started with Blumira:

  • Free SIEM – Choose up to 3 cloud integrations, set up in minutes, send logs to Blumira and start seeing security value right away. Our Free SIEM gives you a limited version of our product with 14 days of data retention.
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