I need to make contact with people who can advise on best approaches to security of LA and school networks - this is becoming a big issue for a couple of things I am working on.
The sort of problems that are rearing their head are:
- the fact that LAs in the North East have specifically decided to prohibit inter-connect between the LAs in the region, so that a school from Newcastle demonstrating to schools in Middlesborough was unable to connect back into its school network in Newcastle.
- the fact that some content providers are finding that certain regions cannot use their products, because in the way the networks are configured certain functionality that the software needs to use online is prohibited.
- some schools that have locked their networks down so thoroughly that training materials used by one of the qualifications bodies, using readers that are in widespread use, would not run.
- some schools that are wanting to implement their own statements of requirement for learning platforms, being prohibited from integrating these with the NEN connections the LA provides.
All of these things are impacting on teaching and learning and I think it is time we painted the picture of how Regions, LAs and schools can all achieve what each needs most, while still being able to inter-work properly.
And it is security issues which are being used as the reason for the policies that are causing these problems.
If you can help please drop me a note off-list, or on-list if you have reflections to offer on these kinds of issues that others might appreciate seeing.
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