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