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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 university systems, from home or other times when they are away from your campus. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to limited parts of your system, but it...
  • Blog Post: Optimising remote access – and saving money

    If you are providing secure remote access to your IT systems for staff, then you may want to review whether there are more efficient ways of enabling it. Especially now that there are sophisticated built-in capabilities in the Windows systems that you’ve got running on your servers and laptops. (eg DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows 7 DirectAccess to connect staff to your university 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 university network wherever they are, but...
  • 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: Microsoft SQL Server Data Management Conference – Sept 29 in London

    I’ve just heard that the first ever Microsoft SQL Server Data Management Conference is being held in London on Tuesday September 29 th .  Although it is not an education-specific event, there is a good agenda with excellent presenters that could be of use to you if you are running complex databases...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – All of the Release Candidate DVD's have gone...

    Sorry, they've all gone now! Although you’ve probably already downloaded this over your megastream Internet links, I’ve laid my hands on some ‘Windows 7 Release Candidate’ DVDs just in case . Over the next week, I’ve got a series of blog posts planned to talk about some of the features of Windows...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help universities – Part Three – Staff laptops

    Continuing my thread of half-term learning snacks, this one’s is shorter (only 7 minutes long), but talks about a feature which you may want to think about to help your academic staff. Here’s a scenario that may well have happened in your college: You allocate a member of academic staff a laptop...
  • Blog Post: Information Governance

    This Friday, my colleague Ian McKenzie, is hosting a Live Meeting on “Information Governance and Assurance in the Public Sector”. It’s one of a series that he’s been running, and I thought it would be worth telling you about this one because it has relevance to your challenges. And the good news is that...
  • 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: Where will your laptops be this summer?

    According to recent research , 900-1000 laptops go missing every week at Heathrow ... that is 52,000 a year. Worldwide, 800,000 laptops are lost or stolen at airports every year. Even more incredibly, the survey also reveals that many travellers fail to take any steps to protect the information contained...
  • 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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