Digital security and safeguarding student and staff data

A version of this post was originally published on April 9th, 2019, in Education Technology, as the first part in a series regarding safeguarding data in educational institutions. Check out the following parts of the roundtable managed by Steve Wright here, here and here.

Q. We all know about the importance of data security. But can you outline some simple, practical and affordable solutions for schools and universities?

I wish there’d be an easy answer to this. The thing is, educational institutions of all shapes and sizes have to manage a lot of sensitive data, be it related to their students or the faculty body and everyone who ever sets foot on the school’s premises. We’re talking about sensitive private information, like social security numbers, financial information, healthcare information, intellectual property, and so on, and so forth. Solutions do exist to protect all this data at any given time, but they’re hardly simple, practical and affordable at the same time. Something’s gotta give. What exactly, depends on the priorities and resources of each educational institution.

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