SANS Cyber Aces Online Privacy Policy

How to Contact Us -- If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us at gro.secarebyc@troppus.

All data is stored in the United States of America and is subject to the laws therein.

Alternatively, you may contact us at:
Cyber Aces
c/o The SANS Institute
8120 Woodmont Avenue,
Suite 205
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: 301-654-7267

1. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION

Registration -- A user must register an account in order to take any of the online quizzes. During registration, a user is required to provide certain categories of information, such as name, address, e-mail address, date of birth, gender, school, and country of residence.

Passive Collection of Information -- In addition to the information which you actively provide to Cyber Aces by methods such as completing the registration form, Cyber Aces collects information about how you interact with our site. Cyber Aces collects passive information for purposes such as testing and improving a user's experience at the site and the compilation of broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information for internal purposes. The types of passive information collected by this site include, without limitation, your IP address, which type of browser you are using, where you go on our site, and how long you stay on any part of our site. Passive information does not identify you to the Cyber Aces by name, and Cyber Aces does not link your IP address to your personally identifiable information.

Collection of Information from Children -- Cyber Aces abides by federal law and the guidelines set up by the Federal Trade Commission regarding youth privacy. As such, Cyber Aces will not knowingly collect any personal information from or allow the registration of young people under the age of 13.

2. USE OF INFORMATION

The information which you supply to Cyber Aces enables us to provide the scholarship, search services which you select by matching your background to our database of scholarships. In addition, Cyber Aces uses your information in order to customize our site to your interests and enhance your overall experience at our site. Cyber Aces tries to recognize you using various methods, including having you log in with your e-mail address and your password. In addition, as described above, Cyber Aces utilizes passive information to learn more about how you interact with our site. This passive information may be combined with your other information for purposes such as testing and improving your experience at our site and the compilation of broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information for internal purposes and for disclosure to content partners. This aggregate passive information does not contain any personal information which can identify any individual user.

Contacting You by E-Mail -- Cyber Aces may use your contact information periodically in order to send you e-mail regarding updates at Cyber Aces site, such as new scholarship opportunities and additional listings which may be of interest to you. The frequency of these messages will vary depending upon your profile, including the types of scholarships and other activities you have indicated an interest in. In addition, we may send you free informational newsletters or notices relating to topics which may be of special interest to you, including financial aid, admissions tips, job opportunities and job advice. Finally, if you specifically provide Cyber Aces with permission at the time of opting in to participate in some of the Common Knowledge scholarships, your information will be provided to the scholarship sponsors who may provide you with information about their products or services. Out of respect for the privacy of our users, we present the option to opt-out of participation with Cyber Aces whenever such messages are sent by Cyber Aces, as described below. E-mail messages from third parties are not governed by the opt-out provisions of this Privacy Policy, but all such third parties are strongly encouraged to include opt-out procedures in their messages to you.

3. SHARING OF INFORMATION

Cyber Aces will not knowingly sell, share, rent or otherwise transfer your information other than in accordance with the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy.

During the opt-in "I will participate" process, and at certain points thereafter in connection with specific offers, Cyber Aces asks you whether information about you may be sent to third parties who have products, services and opportunities which may be useful to you. Cyber Aces understands how important your information is to you. Therefore, Cyber Aces does not share any information that can be tied to you without your permission. If you give your permission to allow third parties to contact you, personal information about you (such as your contact information and other information collected during your visit to Cyber Aces) may be shared with colleges, universities, potential employers, recruiters/headhunters, data aggregators, marketers (possibly in the form of list rental), and other organizations. Regardless of your decision regarding the sharing of your personal information, we may share broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information with our business partners. This aggregate information does not contain any personal information which can identify any individual user.

Third Party Service Providers -- From time to time, Cyber Aces may decide that it is more efficient to use third parties to perform specific services, such as sending newsletters to Cyber Aces's users. If we use a third party to provide specific services (such as sending newsletters to our users on our behalf), then information (such as contact information) may be shared with that party to the extent necessary for the third party to provide these services. These third party service providers are only allowed to use personally identifiable information for the purpose of providing the specific services requested by Cyber Aces. The third party services covered by this paragraph do not include links to third party sites found on our site, which are governed by a more specific provision (Links to Other Sites) below.

Disclosure to Law Enforcement and Similar Disclosures -- While Cyber Aces strives to protect the personal information of our users, Cyber Aces will release personal information if required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary or appropriate.

4. SECURITY

Cyber Aces has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and/or unauthorized alteration of the information under our control. You are the only user authorized to update your profile, unless you provide your password information to another party

Cyber Aces helps protect personally identifiable information by utilizing both online and offline security methods, including firewalls, passwords and restricted physical access to the places where your information is stored. Our staff is trained to comply with our security procedures, and our security procedures are regularly reviewed and revised, if necessary, by the Privacy Team at Cyber Aces.

5. OTHER PROVISIONS

Acceptance of Terms/Changes to Privacy Policy -- Your use of this site indicates an acceptance of the terms of the Privacy Policy. Cyber Aces reserves the right to update or amend this Privacy Policy at any time.

Disclaimer -- Cyber Aces provides information on many topics. Some of this information is created by Cyber Aces, and some of it is created by third parties. While our site strives to provide accurate content and other information, Cyber Aces does not make any warranty regarding the accuracy, reliability or use of any information provided on this site.

Other -- In the event that Cyber Aces sells, assigns or transfers some or all of its business to a successor or acquirer, Cyber Aces may sell, assign or transfer all of your information, regardless of your opt status, to such successor or acquirer.

Links to Other Sites -- This site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Cyber Aces does not exercise control over the information, products, services or policies of third party companies accessible through our site. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy policies of each and every third party site. This Privacy Policy applies solely to the information collected by this site.

NO PROMISES

YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT ANY PROMISES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY MAKES ANY PROMISE, WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY PROMISES, REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE WEBSITE OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR ANY PORTION THEREOF WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT THE WEBSITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THEM AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE WEBSITE OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS. THE COMPANY HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Indemnification -- You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless SANS Cyber Aces Online and the Participating Institutions, their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, employees, and assignees, including the instructors of the Participating Institutions, from any and all claims, liabilities, expenses and damages, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, made by any third party relating to or arising out of (a) your use or attempted use of the Sites or Online Course in violation of the Terms of Use; (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party, or (c) information that you post or otherwise make available on the Sites or through the Online Course, including without limitation any claim of infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property or other proprietary rights.

Permission to Use Materials -- All content or other materials available on the Sites, including but not limited to code, images, text, layouts, arrangements, displays, illustrations, audio and video clips, HTML files and other content are the property of SANS Cyber Aces Online and/or its affiliates or licensors and are protected by copyright, patent and/or other proprietary intellectual property rights under the United States and foreign laws. In consideration for your agreement to the terms and conditions contained here, SANS Cyber Aces Online grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and use the Sites. You may download material from the Sites only for your own personal, non-commercial use. You may not otherwise copy, reproduce, retransmit, distribute, publish, commercially exploit or otherwise transfer any material, nor may you modify or create derivatives works of the material. The burden of determining that your use of any information, software or any other content on the Site is permissible rests with you.

Honor Code -- All students participating in SANS Cyber Aces Online must agree to abide by the following code of conduct:

  • I will register for only one quiz account.
  • My answers to quizzes or exams will be my own work.
  • I will not make solutions to quizzes or exams available to anyone else. This includes both solutions written by me, as well as any potential official solutions provided by the SANS Cyber Aces Online staff.
  • I will not engage in any other activities that will dishonestly improve my results or dishonestly improve/hurt the results of others.