Don’t get stranded…
Beware of Islands of Technology
Islands of Technology occur when devices are added into a organisation’s ICT landscape. This is implemented without fully understanding the impact on the existing technologies and how these devices will be managed, updated, secured and used. More often, that not, this is usually done with the best of intentions by well meaning individuals who want to contribute to the overall improvement of ICT within the school.
Often, the functionality or facilities that are identified as valuable on these new devices already exist on your current systems but have not been enabled or are simply not used for one reason or another.
Some things are best avoided
What should you look out for!
- Devices that cannot be managed by the school’s servers.
- Software or Devices that rely on an individual.
- Devices that rely on complex configurations to work.
- Devices that cannot be centrally managed.
- Software that requires individual installation or configuration.
- Devices that need separate user accounts from main network.
- Systems or devices that will run in parallel to your existing system.
IT Systems are here to save the day
What can we do to help?
These devices may create more harm than good by creating an island of technology which is managed by a single user outside of the existing ICT management structure. Therefore duplicating work and effort subsequently increasing the dangers associated with cyber security. It also limits the ability of ICT Management to investigate data breaches or security problems. IT Systems can help you to establish a roadmap to help stop these problems from occurring, all you need to do is pick up the phone!.