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Have you Islands of Technology in your school?

Don’t get stranded…

Beware of Islands of Technology

Islands of Technology occur when devices are added into a organisation’s ICT landscape without a complete understanding of the impact they may have on the existing technologies. It is critical to plan how these devices will be managed, updated, secured and used prior to the implementation. Experience tells us that more often than not, this is usually done by well meaning individuals with the best of intentions who just want to contribute to the overall improvement of ICT within the school. Our experience all tells us that he 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​.
  • Systems or devices that will run in parallel to your existing system.
  • Devices that cannot be centrally managed.
  • Software that requires individual installation or configuration​.
  • Devices that need separate user accounts from main network​.

IT Systems are here to save the day

What can we do to help?

These devices may cause 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 cybersecurity. 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!.

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