Instructure has had a very interesting reaction to the news and blogs about security vulnerabilities with Blackboard’s Learn LMS several months ago.  They have decided to engage Securus Global, the same firm that did the ethical hacking for the Australian universities in the Blackboard investigation, to test Instructure’s Canvas LMS product.  They have also invited me to be essentially an embedded reporter – participating in the process and independently reporting on the testing and Instructure’s response to any vulnerabilities identified.

While doing research for a my post analyzing Blackboard’s response to the reports of security vulnerabilities, I had the opportunity to interview several LMS vendors to get background on their philosophies and practices around security.  I think it is important to understand how the broader LMS market is handling security concerns, especially as the LMS has become such a central part of the an institutions’ academic operations.

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