Using Windows 7 Direct Access to connect teachers to your school network securely

Ever since Windows 7 was launched, I’ve had a steady stream of people asking me if I know of schools who have implemented Direct Access. Direct Access allows you to setup your staff laptops so that teachers can always have secure access to your school network wherever they are, but without forcing them to use…

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Windows 7 is getting closer

The Windows 7 team announced it will be available on October 22nd – that’s the date in the stores, so I don’t know if we’ll get the version for education (ie the Volume Licence version) any earlier. Even if it was earlier, I can’t believe it would be in time to roll it out before…

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Keeping your teachers safe online

A teaching friend spent the half-term hobbled by the fact that their computer had been infected by a worm. And as it was half-term, they’d not been able to get support from the IT team at school, so they had spent a lot of time trying to fix their laptop themselves. What is odd is…

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BitLocker’d up

To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out* I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM…

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Making sure you buy the right version of Windows

With the news this week on Information Security guidelines for schools – and the obvious need for encryption on teachers’ laptops from now on, I think it would be timely to remind you how to ensure that you buy the right licences for Windows Vista – so that you get the licences for BitLocker, which…

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Information Security – all the guidelines are out

And, boy, do they take some reading. We’re rocketed from ‘worry, but I can’t tell you why’ to ‘this is what you should really worry about’, in a mere 125 pages. How does that make you feel? For the minute, if you want all of the specifics on the Becta Data Handling guidance, you’re going…

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Information Security – it’s not black and white

I’m continuing to read the new Becta guidance documents on Information Security, and think about the consequences. After a few discussions with people, and comments from others here and elsewhere, I thought I’d try a to create a visual way of understanding where we are. This is by no means definitive, and it might be…

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Ed The Fed says "Stay safe out there"

I have a colleague, Ed, who’s a legend around here. He’s the Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor. Obviously that’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about Information Security. (I was going to…

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Where will your laptops be this summer?

According to recent research, 900-1000 laptops go missing every week at Heathrow … that is 52,000 a year. Worldwide, 800,000 laptops are lost or stolen at airports every year. Even more incredibly, the survey also reveals that many travellers fail to take any steps to protect the information contained on their laptops. Nearly 60 per…

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