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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Internet Explorer patch – time to roll it out

I’m sure you’ve already got this covered, but just in case you have missed it, we released the update for Internet Explorer overnight to resolve the security glitch that the BBC et al have been getting all frothed up about. If you’ve got automatic updates set up on your own computer, or your school network,…

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Excellent BitLocker deployment advice

As you may know, I enabled Windows Vista’s BitLocker encryption on my laptop a couple of weeks ago, and since that time I have been reassured to know that should something happen to my laptop, all of the data on it is fully encrypted and secure. The whole process was very smooth – I simply…

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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

This page contains the latest article on Information Security from the blog. For all previous articles, please take a look here. 15th September 2008: The Becta Information Security advice page for schools has been updated, and now provides a more detailed document (Keeping data safe, secure and legal) which goes further than their previous advice,…

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Information Security – a week on

It wasn’t a slow news week last week – which must have delighted those people who weren’t looking forward to the reaction from publication of the reports on Wednesday into data losses at HMRC, MOD etc. It being a fast news week (is that what a non-slow news week is?) the reports didn’t make it…

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Broadclyst Community Primary School Case Study

We seem to be busy at the moment, getting our customer case studies published on Microsoft’s worldwide case study website. This is partly a reflection of the fact that UK schools seem to be leading the world in their adoption of ICT to support learning (Of course, each country thinks they’re doing better than the…

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Keeping your data safe and secure

Two emails arrived at the same time last week, which reminded me to write about the issue of data security. The first email was Becta’s ictadvicealert email (sign up here), which reminded readers about their information security guidance for schools- as they put it “What your school should be doing to protect personal information and…

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Windows Server 2008 is coming (near you)

The TechNet roadshows are coming soon – in April and May the team will be on their way around the country, talking about (and showing) lots more of Windows Server 2008 and the other products launched this week. I know that the launch event in Birmingham in March was filled up very quickly, and there…

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