Aimee Rogstad Guidera of the Data Quality Program wrote an op-ed on the Huffington Post on January 12, 2014, highlighting the need for more attention to be paid to how we store, use and protect data created in schools across the country. She stressed the importance of following federally-mandated statutes and laws, but she also stressed that educators, administration and parents must take more initiative to focus on how they are using this data as well as what are the best ways to ensure privacy, security, and confidentiality.
Guidera used a study recently compiled by the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy, which took a look at how school districts are being affected by using third party cloud computing services. What they found was that that many of these cloud computing services had issues with security and privacy, and better standards must be put forth. These include better attention paid to regular monitoring and addressing who should have access to the data. Finding a cloud computing provider that addresses these concerns and more can be difficult, but here are some things to keep in mind:
A History of Excellence: Cloud computing providers are popping up as quickly as demand allows for it. In order to differentiate among all of those providers out there, it’s a good idea to look at their history. Has the company had a portfolio of success? Evolving Solutions has been working with IT departments since 1996. For information on our success, please check out our success stories.
IBM Premier Business Partner: Another important thing to take a look at is whether or not the cloud provider has knowledge of and uses the latest technology. As an IBM Premier Business Partner, Evolving Solutions can deploy the best solution for your data storage/cloud computing needs that the technology allows for. We are constantly providing education services to keep our staff up to date on the latest products IBM has to offer.
Affordability: No matter the school district, there is an IT budget in place, and administrators must work to stretch a dollar any chance they get. In addition to finding a solution that works for you the first time, we provide affordable services to cloud computing to ensure your dollars are best spent and negate the need for in-house investment.
For more information on how Evolving Solutions can keep your organization’s or school’s data safe, please contact us today!