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Industry Focus: IT and Network Security in the Education Sector

Posted by: Jo Love
Category: IT Managed Services

A 2022 survey highlights that 51% of schools in the UK have made technology a priority. However, the report also indicates that 22% do not have a clear IT strategy.

Here we explain how we can bridge the IT gap in schools and add value to the academic institutions we work with, predominately assisting with data backup, security solutions, technical support, or cloud-based solutions.

Cybersecurity

Educational institutions deal with sensitive staff and student data and of course we need to Keep Children Safe in Education.

Data breaches and malware are often in the news and have devasting effects on students and staff. We understand that networks are under pressure in schools, so our simple cybersecurity box includes everything needed to assist busy IT teams:

Firewalls – stop dangerous outgoing and incoming traffic, necessary to meet safeguarding standards.

URL Protection – receive alerts when an inappropriate search has occurred and always have ‘safe search’ turned on.

DNS Protection – BYOD does not need to be a problem, as the same level of protection can be applied to personal devices.

VPN Protection – prevent students from bypassing VPNs.

Academy/Trust Protection – any blocks/alerts are automatically applied to multiple firewalls meaning you don’t have to check daily logs.

Skills Gap Shortage

Using GHM will ensure institutions have a reliable and experienced IT team to work with, thus offsetting any skills gap in the team. Because our support is available on a flexible basis, we are able to provide exactly what you need though so don’t worry about any overlap in skills or expertise.

Managing Limited Budgets

We understand that schools have budget constraints, so we provide solutions tailored to the very specific needs of your setting. Continuous monitoring can proactively monitor the infrastructure and put tools in place to address potential issues before they escalate, ensuring minimum downtime for staff and students.

Schools partnering with GHM are finding value in our expertise, technical resources, and experience to bridge the IT gap in the education sector. Our flexible service allows them to focus on their core mission of providing quality education and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.

We’re offering 2 hours free consultation for schools to discuss their IT systems and security. This can be broken down into 2 separate hours on a topic of your choice. For further information, contact us on 01865 367111.

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