Information Technology can have a transformational effect on education, however, these establishments are being confronted with a range of complex challenges as they push the learning experience beyond the physical confines of the classroom.
The education market is in the top 5 of industries that are hit by cyber-attacks, alongside more ‘obvious’ targets such as healthcare, local government and financial services. Criminals look to obtain personal data for identity and intellectual property theft, fraud and other sensitive information that has a value on the black market. Education providers need to put all aspects of information security, including their cyber security provision, at the heart of their IT operational processes and strategy.
Beyond the security concerns there are significant challenges impeding IT adoption in higher education. The leadership teams wish to see their aims of blending formal and informal learning, improving digital literacy and the process of personalising learning met through the effective use of IT. However, this requires energy, willingness to change and in-depth industry knowledge of the technical market and what it has to offer.
The in-house IT departments of educational establishments are best focused on adding value and supporting the teaching and learning process. We understand they have limited resources and need to use them effectively. Necessary activities that do not support the learning process, such as network management, can be selectively outsourced to approved providers. The selection of outsourcing providers is just one of the consultancy services CCL offers.
All of these challenges, and many more, require a holistic approach to IT. The wide range of IT consultancy services from CCL are designed to help and support educational organisations to obtain the required business and operational benefit from their current IT infrastructure. Ensuring they meet data protection and other regulatory requirements.