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How secure is your school’s data?

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Brett Henebery | 29 Jun 2015, 09:17 AM Agree 0
The use of digital devices in staffrooms and classrooms is commonplace, but just how focused are schools on securing their ICT infrastructure?
  • ICT Manager RBHS | 29 Jun 2015, 10:53 AM Agree 0
    Curious about the use of Microsoft Forefront...why?
    It is a discontinued product (now several years out of date).
    We used to use Forefront but have now moved to a Hardware Firewall / Threat management gateway called Watchguard.
    In our school we have the XTM 850 model.
  • | 29 Jun 2015, 11:12 AM Agree 0
    One of the biggest concerns about the privacy of personal data belonging to children comes from handing that data to internet application providers. Often these providers provide no information about how they use the data belonging to minors (or anyone else), the offer no guarantees for how any of the third parties they deal with handle the data and the data is quite probably outside of any jurisdiction that Australian Courts have any access to issue any sort of order to monitor, restrict, retrieve or delete.
    These application providers respresent the interests of large multi-national corporations, foreign governments and the persons these entities serve. It is unlikely their primary interest will ever be the minors of a foreign country. It is unlikely that the data these organisations handle about Australian children is tracked and that it is even possible to hold these organisations accountable for privacy breaches.
    The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) provides special protections to data belonging to underage persons, but it seems this Act is flouted on a daily basis by the educational institutions responsible for the well being and protection of our children.
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