There is a strong chance that our attitude to service periods on our own vehicles might vary quite a bit. Perhaps in our younger years they were considered “more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules”*. Personally, as experience has grown in terms of the potential damage and cost, my diligence around service periods now tends toward ‘actual rules’. When it comes to school buses it becomes human safety that drives ‘enforced rules’. These things exist for a reason.
In the ICT world I sometimes wonder whether we should put those ‘little service period stickers’ on the side of devices – especially in the engine room where the servers and services are running.
As the world of ‘hacking’ becomes increasingly more sophisticated, a ‘she’ll be right’ approach to the service and maintenance of our computer ‘vehicle’ becomes increasingly likely to lead to serious issues.
As leaders, it is important to understand the risk and be able to ask the critical questions. What happens if ‘x’; are we protected from ‘y’; what is our backup procedure; if we had a security breach how quickly can we be restored and how safe is our trusted families, staff and student data? It can be a bit daunting, but that is just the start of the essential questions key leaders in the school should know the answers to – there are many more.
Given the present ‘risk climate’, it is perhaps timely for all schools to be ensuring they have solutions in place. As we near the end of the year and upgrades and purchases are being planned for, it is possibly also a good time to ensure protection has been put in place. That may be as simple as reminding everyone of the need for longer, rigorous passwords – still one of the most common causes of a breach. It may be more technical in terms of investing in the ‘servicing’ of servers around upgrades and technical protection solutions. Whatever it is in your situation, there is good reason to know how to avoid being stuck ‘on the side of the road’ with an expensive rescue and repair ahead.
If you need support in considering your school situation, please make contact. There are also many sites that can be accessed on the internet to help you develop a list of critical questions.
Education Leader – Learning Technologies
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*Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – Captain Barbossa