Data Encryption For Education
Schools, colleges and universities are facing data security issues on a regular basis and the nature of their IT systems present unique challenges. Balancing diverse information with required security control is complicated when the IT infrastructure is decentralized and difficult to manage. Adding to these challenges is a diverse user population and the increased use of multiple devices and platforms.
In this eBook, you’ll discover the basics of data encryption; how it addresses the unique data security challenges facing educational institutions, and key points to consider when building the business case for data encryption. You’ll also learn about some common “data encryption myths” and the risks they pose.
In a world with an increasing dependence on technology, the rapid user adoption of multiple devices as a way to conduct business productively has quickly become a reality for organizations. The notion of sitting behind a desk with a desktop computer has given way to laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other devices, whether they’re owned by the individual or provided by the organization.
The protection of sensitive information such as student and parent information, financial records, loans, employment records, and other important documents is paramount for educational institutions. For post secondary institutions, where information also includes research and large amounts of intellectual property, data security becomes even more critical.
The key challenges prompting educational institutions to consider data protection solutions are the need to:
- Protect sensitive data and personal identifiable information (PII) on multiple platforms and devices
- Employ flexible and centralized administration for a user base that changes from term-toterm
- Enable secure sharing of data with other institutions, research partners and other stakeholders
PROTECTING SENSITIVE DATA ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS
Today, a myriad of options exist for accessing and sharing information in schools. Laptops, tablets, shared workstations in classrooms and labs, USB keys and personal mobile devices all provide ways for students and staff to access and share learning materials and in many cases, sensitive information.
We’ve come to expect the seamless use of a variety of devices to access content, and just like corporate organizations, many schools are embracing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend and implementing policies that encourage their use.
Why? The use of personal mobile devices can:
- Increase productivity in staff, faculty and students
- Provide flexible access to learning materials, like e-textbooks and apps, resulting in a more favorable learning environment
- Reduce IT costs because the devices are not purchased through the school
Even for those who aren’t proactively implementing a BYOD program, the proliferation of devices is so widespread that campus’ IT departments need to evolve to handle the growth. The challenge facing educators is how to develop an effective strategy to manage these disparate devices so that “Bring your own Device”, doesn’t turn into “Bring your own Disaster.”
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