Can You Ace the Disaster Recovery Test?

When it comes to data protection, where does your school district begin?

The amount of data that today’s school districts generate is increasing exponentially and so is the need to protect the data.  Federal and state regulations govern the storage and retrieval of student information—regulations such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Then, schools have the typical security issues surrounding personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and eligibility for federal meal programs. Moreover, there are test scores, student transcripts, records of educator certifications, health records, and transportation statistics—not to mention payroll!  Educators typically aren’t technologists. So when it comes to data protection, where does a district even begin? Just as teachers prepare for the classroom with lesson plans, school business officials and information technology (IT) professionals approach data protection with a documented disaster recovery (DR) plan. Dave LaClair from UniTrends wrote a nice whitepaper on what schools and Districts should be thinking about when it comes to a backup and recovery. Read the full whitepaper here.