Computer security is a requirement for a cybersafe school. Teacher and student owned ICT have created new challenges in ensuring that devices are protected from malware, like viruses and spyware, as well as spam.
Protection is also provided by school policies that promote a cybersafe ICT environment. Such policies include use agreements, as well as clear and consistent application of policy to ICT-breaches.
Developing a robust computer security regime is one of the key parts of the Protection layer of the L:G:P framework. Computer security is of vital importance to schools. While computer security will not protect the school and students from all cybersafety challenges , it decreases opportunities for avoidable problems (e.g., loss of school and student data due to malicious virus activity, privacy breeches, network outages, etc.).
Internet safety Policies
The other key part of the protection layer are the policies that surround and support safe and secure ICT use. These policies outline the expectations and processes around both acceptable use of ICT and managing breaches of policy. Policy enables staff and students to commit to a shared vision for principaled use of ICT in their school community.
Internet safety policy should encourages a constant dialogue throughout the school community to ensure that common understanding is always reflective of current practice, responsive to the needs of learners and in keeping with community needs.