Becta has published guidelines for schools to follow in abid to improve data management in education and bolster security.
Those in the security industry have bemoaned that lack ofsecurity around networks in schools and higher education for years providing hackersand illegal content providers with access to some of the fattest pipes in thecountry.
The Becta guide, which prods schools to review their currentattitude to data management and offers hints and tips about risk management andsecurity, comes after a year of numerous public sector data leaks.
There is increasing pressure on both primary and secondary schoolsto provide more data about pupils online and send information via email andportals, with all schools offering those services in the next four years.
“Schools have to manage an increasing volume of pupil andadministration data and having effective solutions in place to manage this isnot just prudent; it’s vital,” said Stephen Crowne, chief executive of Becta.
“Becta’s Information Management Strategy framework guidewill help schools to assess their current position and give tips about the bestways to improve their processes and systems and make them fit for the future,”he added.