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October, 2007

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    10 Ways to Work More Securely


    What's the biggest risk to your IT system security? Probably your users! For all of the efforts that you make, it only takes one user to do something really dumb inappropriate, and suddenly you're back to firefighting.

    And how many times have you had to remind your users about some of the things in this list?

    1. Work with your IT department
    2. Use strong passwords
    3. Don't enable the Save Password Option
    4. Use network file shares instead of local file shares
    5. Lock your computer when you leave your desk
    6. Use password protection on your screensaver
    7. Encrypt files containing confidential or business critical files
    8. Don't open questionable e-mails
    9. Encrypt e-mail messages when appropriate
    10. Use the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook

    At the start of the new term, you might want to remind all of your users about these rules again. We recently covered this list, with further advice and actions, in our At Work newsletter, so if it adds power to your message, then send them this link, or find another way to put the page in front of them (how about redirecting their home page for a week until they get the message!). And this list is also (mostly) applicable for home users too, and with increased connectivity between home and school, the more you can encourage good practice on any computer, the better protected you are.

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    How far have we come with BSF?


    In September, the first of the all-new BSF schools were opened, and the media were full of stories of the shiny new buildings. Now it's time for a bit of reflection, and this programme below provides a chance to catch up with the view from the top...

    LocalGovTV have made available an interview with Tim Byles, Chief Executive of Partnerships for Schools, who discusses progress of the BSF programme in delivering the Government's £45bn investment in secondary education. He reviews the various facets and components of BSF, the experiences of local authorities and schools in the first phase of the programme and how BSF is being developed to ensure timely rollout of 3500 school upgrades and that improved educational outcomes are achieved. He also mentions the work that Microsoft has done with the BSF Showcase.

    The interview is broadcast on LocalGovTV, and if you've not registered before, you'll have to register to watch the programme.

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