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  • Blog Post: Understanding how Windows 7 improves secure remote access for staff

    With all of the changes in the way that ICT is being used in learning, there’s an increasing demand for staff to have remote access to college systems, from home or other times when they are away from your campus. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to your MLE, but it is becoming increasingly...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows 7 DirectAccess to connect staff to your college network securely

    Ever since Windows 7 was launched, I’ve had a steady stream of people asking me if I know of educational establishments who have implemented DirectAccess . DirectAccess allows you to setup your staff laptops so that they can always have secure access to your college network wherever they are, but without...
  • Blog Post: A plain English Guide to Data Protection

    I keep an eye on the Information Commissioner’s Office press releases on their website ( in the hope that we’re not going to see schools appearing too often ), where I suspect they have a busy Press Officer producing a constant stream of news (last 2 weeks : Recruitment firms fined; mobile phone customers...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help FE colleges – Part Two – Stop people doing silly stuff

    We both know that although our users are very sensible people, sometimes they do incredibly dumb things with their computers. It can be caused by ignorance, or it can be because they are so keen to get on with their jobs, that they throw caution to the wind. Here’s a quick Vox Pop Quiz – see how many...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – All my Release Candidate DVD's have gone

    Sorry, they've all gone now! I’ve laid my hands on some ‘Windows 7 Release Candidate’ DVDs. Over the next week, I’ve got a series of blog posts planned to talk about some of the features of Windows 7 that will be particularly useful to colleges, and you may want to install a copy of it, so that you...
  • Blog Post: A question of security

    I was at a conference yesterday (sadly covered by Chatham House Rule so no juicy snippets) which looked at security of public sector ICT systems, and there was a session which was about malware. Although it was delivered in a matter-of-fact deadpan way, it left me feeling just a little bit nervous (and...
  • Blog Post: Excellent BitLocker deployment advice

    As you may know, I enabled Windows Vista’s BitLocker encryption on my laptop a couple of weeks ago, and since that time I have been reassured to know that should something happen to my laptop, all of the data on it is fully encrypted and secure. The whole process was very smooth – I simply enabled it...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker’d up

    To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out * I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM chip in it, and even though it doesn’t contain...
  • Blog Post: Ed The Fed says "Stay safe out there"

    I have a colleague, Ed, who’s a legend around here. He’s the Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor. Obviously that’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about Information Security. ( I was going to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Information Security Symposium Event

    The steam roller of Information Security continues to run down the hill towards education. Becta’s in the driving seat, and they haven’t really started the engine. By the time the new term begins, there will be new guidance on what you should be doing ( read my previous posts on the Schools Blog ). So...
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