If you run these systems after this date, there will be an
impact on your school network security and compliance with GDPR. You will
be at greater risk of malware and cyberattack, which could cripple your school
systems and cause severe disruption to school business.
To prevent any potential data security incident or loss
of data , we advise that you check with your school IT provider if your systems
have been upgraded, or whether an upgrade is required.
- Software should be upgraded to
the new Windows or Office version before January 2020.
- Desktops, laptops and servers
may need to be replaced or upgraded with more memory.
Your local IT support provider will be able to advise you of the
best course of action that is cost-effective for the school, but compliant with
the law. You may not need to spend as much as you think, as some existing kit
could be upgraded at a lower cost.
Think about setting up an ICT 5 Year Business Development Plan /
Strategy including budgets and costs.
Look at using Microsoft Open Volume Licensing Service and see
how this can save you money and allow free features for both staff and pupils.
Somerset County Council Schools & Traded Team are always
here to help and give advice.