Becta has published guidelines for schools to follow in a bid to improve data management in education and bolster security.
Those in the security industry have bemoaned that lack of security around networks in schools and higher education for years providing hackers and illegal content providers with access to some of the fattest pipes in the country.
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The Becta guide, which prods schools to review their current attitude to data management and offers hints and tips about risk management and security, comes after a year of numerous public sector data leaks.
There is increasing pressure on both primary and secondary schools to provide more data about pupils online and send information via email and portals, with all schools offering those services in the next four years.
“Schools have to manage an increasing volume of pupil and administration data and having effective solutions in place to manage this is not just prudent; it’s vital,” said Stephen Crowne, chief executive of Becta.
“Becta’s Information Management Strategy framework guide will help schools to assess their current position and give tips about the best ways to improve their processes and systems and make them fit for the future,” he added.