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Thousands of Colleges and High Schools Maintain Security in Wake of Recent OpenSSL Vulnerability

On Thursday, June 5 an internet-wide vulnerability in OpenSSL was exposed and reported by media outlets around the world. The vulnerability created a potential “man-in-the-middle” risk to threaten unprotected systems.

Thousands of colleges and high schools were able to maintain security of their most important assets – their student transcript data and its secure exchange – as part of their engagement with Parchment.   For more than a decade, Parchment has designed and implemented the most secure ecosystem for the global education community’s exchange of student credentials.    This patented, multi-layered approach incorporates state-of-the-art data center security, a patent-owned secure PDF, permission based log-in, and multiple levels of encryption.  Parchment’s security methodology is deployed for every member. Every student. Every transcript. Every second of the day.  

 Upon learning of this vulnerability, and conducting a security investigation, the Parchment Security Team determined that the Parchment Exchange, representing thousands of education entities was NOT susceptible to this vulnerability.

“From all of us at Parchment, member security is our highest priority, and every day we maintain the toughest standards in the industry, so our members need not worry,” expressed Mark Cohen, Parchment co-founder and Chief Security & Privacy Officer. “Our members expect that we will exhaust ourselves to ensure our practices represent the highest standard in the industry. Once again, our efforts were proven successful.”

Thousands of colleges, universities and high schools around the world entrust Parchment for a secure exchange of student credentials – from transcripts to letters of recommendation. The system used to exchange this critical student information continues to be secure, further ensuring Parchment delivers on its promise, safely turning credentials into opportunities.

“Security was a key component we identified when searching for an eTranscript solution for our district,” explained Ron Hastings, Director of Counseling and Campus Support with Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District in Texas. “Helping our students to take that next step – whether to a two-year or four-year school – is critical and we wouldn’t be helping them if we didn’t ensure the privacy and security of their information every step of the way.”

About Parchment

Parchment is a leading technology company allowing learners, educators and employers to request, verify and share credentials in simple and secure ways. The platform has helped millions of people and thousands of schools and universities to exchange more than 12 million transcripts and other credentials globally. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in Roseville, CA, Denver, CO, Grand Rapids, MI, Toronto, ON and Washington, DC. Follow Parchment on Twitter and Facebook.