Data Security for schools: switch to the cloud

Data protection is one of the big topics of 2018, with GDPR that entered into force in May. Not only companies have to be compliant and document the processes how they use personal data, but any organization, including youth movents and – yes – also schools.

Over the past weekend, a Belgian school in Tielt was confronted with a case of hacking. On Sunday the network of 6 schools was hacked and the hacker asked a ransom of a few thousand euros in bitcoins. 3000 children and 450 teachers were unable to perform their normal lesson activities, reported Het Nieuwsblad on 13 September. It ultimately resulted in a loss of time and money and valuable classtime of many teachers and children.

Unfortunately, schools are not always able to adapt their IT-infrastructure to the latest requirements at the same speed as companies, mainly due to budget constraints and longer decision-making processes. Limited budgets call for wise decisions, and data security is one more area to invest in.

These investments can however be limited and at the same time making the infrastructure easier to maintain, by making the switch to cloud-based software and lessons. With a 4G hotspot and a cloud-based lesson platform, teachers and students can access their lesson content anywhere from any device. So no matter what happens, classes can continue, and the data is securely stored in the cloud.

Did your schools already audit the security of their network?
Did you already make the switch to cloud?

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