I am wondering whether data encryption has appeared on any of your radars yet? I am aware that disk and data encryption are starting to become a requirement for local authorities and schools, but I am wondering just how much thought is being given to it.
We have been asked by the members of the YHGfL Network Group to get an indicative price from Sophos for their encryption software SafeGuard Device Encryption coupled with Safeguard Management Centre and Safeguard Data Exchange to see if we can get a deal similar to the one we got for the Sophos AV stuff. I am curious however as to how many of our regions schools would be interested in such a deal. There is no point in us buying a load of licenses, even if it is at a fantastic deal if then none of the schools are bothered aboout buying it.
Let me know if there is any appetite in your school. We are probably talking around £20 per license (perpetual) with £5 maintenance per annum for updates. Obviously the more schools that sign up, the cheaper this could get.