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General Chat Thread, Ofsted and drive encryption in General; Originally Posted by witch There are hard drives on PCs in the school and these do not need to be ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    There are hard drives on PCs in the school and these do not need to be encrypted. Portable devices would be laptops and memory sticks etc
    We dont encrypt anything and all the staff have laptops which go off-site. Ofsted didnt mention it.
    I have mentioned it many times with no success
    Whilst it isn't related to OFSTED, I would urge you to review this practice to satisfy the ICO as declaring a data breach when one of those devices gets lost and ends up in the wrong hands won't do the school much good either.

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    Does anyone have Google Drive installed on laptops? I have a few syncing on local drives. I guess these should be encrypted??

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    We were "done" a few weeks ago got outstanding and the only thing they wanted from IT was the wireless password. All staff however do have istorage encryped USB sticks just for good practice really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichB View Post
    We were "done" a few weeks ago got outstanding and the only thing they wanted from IT was the wireless password.
    You made them sign an AUP before letting them on the guest network, right?

    (Not kidding - no AUP, no access here).

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    I've not heard of Oftsed getting funny about data encryption, however I do know that the Schools Financial Value Standard talks about getting business critical data offsite on a daily basis... if you're taking removable media offsite, then yes you have to encrypt it, as per the Data Protection Act (enforced by the ICO). This is only relevant to LA maintained schools however and not often mentioned to key staff in schools as the Governors fill it in.

    The Academies Financial Handbook did mention secure locations for backup, but then went on to talk about floppy disks for backup... in the 2013 revision it doesn't seem to worry much about backup of data at all.
    Last edited by Vintage82; 31st July 2013 at 03:02 PM.

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    Of course this is good practice.
    BUT, my school has been had an Ofsted recently (outcome: Good) and they didn't ask about any encryption whatsoever !

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    Quote Originally Posted by njr72 View Post
    Of course this is good practice.
    BUT, my school has been had an Ofsted recently (outcome: Good) and they didn't ask about any encryption whatsoever !

    yep. Sounds about right.
    Technically you can only get an inadequate.
    Ofsted inspectors don't understand the framework they judge schools on.



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