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Understanding the impact of Technology and Data in Education


Our world is changing fast and the way that we absorb, retain and share information is changing at an alarming rate. We expect everything to be available instantly and readily accessible with very little tolerance for delay or missing services.

We now have toddlers and young children using tablets or mobile phones from a very early age, which means that when they become students, they are more comfortable with technology than ever have been before. So we shouldn’t be surprised with the increasing pressure on the education system to keep ahead of the game and the expectation to provide the most up to date and secure systems.

All students demand the high-quality provision of IT infrastructure that enables them to succeed and thrive through studying, they are used to navigating a series of applications or websites to get what they need and there is a genuine willingness for IT Heads and Principles to give them all that they need to accomplish this. There is also an increasing pressure to ensure that the welfare of the students is maintained at all times by providing analytics and trending of successes or issues. Add to this the increasing number of internal and external cyber attacks from viruses or ransomware then the job to provide a safe, secure and leading edge infrastructure is a real challenge.

A recent audit by LGFL states the following:

  • 59% of schools still have no Disaster Recovery Plan
  • 30% of schools have been a victim of Malware Attacks from Viruses or Ransomware
  • 21% of schools admitted unauthorised Pupil use of servers
  • 11% of schools admitted unauthorised Staff use of servers
  • 4% of schools admitted unauthorised External use of servers
  • 4% of schools still have no data backups

The problem faced by the educational sector is that it is under pressure from the Government and are subject to cost cutting. With more data being produced, this increases the amount of compute, licencing, on premise or cloud storage. So these institutions are being squeezed and have the unenviable task of trying to be supportive, creative and yet have to be financially considerate.

So the reliance on data is higher than ever before and the budgets are getting tighter and tighter, so what can we do to assist?  Safe Data Storage is committed to reducing the cost of cloud data backups in the education sector and as such, we are willing to beat the price of our competitors for a like for like backup solution. We will work with you to create a solid backup and DR strategy and keep a keen eye on reducing the costs whilst providing you with the peace of mind that we are there to support you.

We have been providing services for over 15 years, been a member of BESA for over 10 years and we are a Capita SIMS Approved Integrator. Our services are tailored to each of our client’s specific backup and recovery requirements, coupled with UK storage and fantastic UK support staff. Our services are fully GDPR compliant, we hold both ISO9001, ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials.

We have just launched a limited time offer of 3 months free services, so there has never been a better time to get in touch…………

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Stats Credit:   securityaudit.lgfl.net (Cyber Security Schools Audit 2019) in conjunction with National Cyber Security Centre

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