Mark James

Mark James

With 25 years’ experience in computing, Mark has been at the forefront of ESET UK’s customer support since its arrival in the UK. Passionate about educating users in the pitfalls of computing, Mark runs the technical education courses for UK channel partners as well as speaking at seminars and other events.

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Monday, 13 January 2014 13:05

Encryption is key to securing education

In its recent revision of the guidelines for inspection, Ofsted stated schools must seek to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology. This includes having the appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support any e-safety incidents. A school’s network infrastructure, and more importantly the data on it concerning pupils, staff and core admin functions, is arguably its key asset. As such, any e-safety plan needs to extend to the appropriate protection of confidential data.

Ofsted has stated that one indicator of inadequate performance is through unsecured personal data and leaving school websites without adequate encryption. If lost or stolen, the impact upon a school’s finances or reputation can be severe. So how should an adherence to compliance be addressed?

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