IT Solutions for the Education Sector

A robust IT infrastructure forms the backbone of modern educational institutions, supporting their operational efficiency, enhancing the learning experience and enabling the integration of technology into the education process.

How Securus can help
At Securus, we have extensive experience of providing IT solutions for the education sector at all levels, from primary schools to multi-academy trusts right through to higher educational institutions and colleges.

We pride ourselves on being able to provide a fast and efficient service at highly competitive rates. We also understand that speed and resilience go hand in hand: a robust, efficient and secure IT network infrastructure is critical to any business, but particularly so in the education sector. To stay ahead, you need a flexible and scalable IT infrastructure that can support your business-critical applications and processes.

Network connectivity
Connectivity is more important than ever to support the education environment, with BYOD, remote learning, Wi-Fi and a variety of digital learning solutions being used more and more.

A robust IT infrastructure ensures reliable internet connectivity, enabling seamless access to online resources, e-learning platforms and communication tools. Our connectivity solutions give you access to a fully managed service, and we continually test and manage network performance. Importantly, our services are backed by exceptional, industry-leading Service Level Agreements.

Security
Only by developing and implementing an integrated threat management strategy can you mitigate internal and external security breaches. Securus can help with all aspects of threat management and prevention with solutions such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and virtual private networks (VPNs). We monitor the network infrastructure for signs of malicious activity, then respond quickly to any incidents that may occur.

Securus also has vast experience in email security solutions and can support the deployment of spam filters, anti-phishing software and email encryption.

Endpoint security solutions such as antivirus software, anti-malware software and patch management tools help to protect your endpoints (including desktops, servers, laptops and mobile devices) from cyberattacks. Securus will centralise the monitoring of on-premise or remote endpoints, providing complete transparency of your infrastructure, wherever your employees are located.

Cloud services
A cloud-based infrastructure can bring multiple benefits for schools and colleges, from better ways to secure devices and confidential student data, to more efficient administration.

Improved technology now enables students to connect and collaborate with one another in real-time. Instant messaging software, video conferencing tools and shared documents help students to interact, discuss ideas and collaborate on projects, regardless of their physical location.

With the increasing adoption of cloud computing, cloud vulnerability is also a challenge. In order to prevent attacks like malicious insider threats, hijacking and DDoS attacks, a fortified cloud security strategy is recommended. Securus can support technologies such as Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), in conjunction with Secure Web Gateway (SWG).

Virtualisation
Virtualisation technology allows institutions to run multiple operating systems and applications on a single server. By consolidating multiple servers, hardware and maintenance costs can be lowered. Virtualised environments are also highly flexible and scalable, allowing administrators to quickly create, clone or scale virtual machines when required.

Telecoms
Reliable, secure and feature-rich telecommunications solutions are essential for schools and colleges. At Securus Voice, we provide Hosted Telephone Systems and we strive to provide excellent levels of customer service and high quality solutions, at competitive prices.

Case Study – The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership
Securus has been assisting The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) with their IT requirements since 2017. ATLP is a respected multi-academy trust made up of 21 schools and one teaching school, with more than 10,000 students and over 1,000 members of staff.

ATLP needed to increase their internet connection speeds but also wanted to ensure that their network was fully resilient in the event of an outage. Securus deployed 200MB links in the secondary schools (with 100MB back up line) and 50MB link in the primary schools (with FTTC back up line). Dual High Availability was also centralised, with a fully client-controllable firewall.

The result is much faster internet connectivity, which is highly flexible and scalable, to meet ATLP’s changing needs. The network offers excellent resilience and maximised uptime.

ATLP’s Head of IT:
“I am delighted with the results and can’t fault the service from Securus. The biggest benefit is the speed and ease with which changes can now be made. Now I have more control to make changes internally, knowing that I always have the Securus NOC team on hand in case I need additional IT support.”

In summary
Securus can work with you every step of the way, providing you with everything that you need to implement and maintain a safe, secure and resilient IT solution for education to serve all departments within your school’s infrastructure.

If you would like to discuss your IT requirements in more detail with one of our experts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or call us on 03451 283457.

Read our case studies to hear how we have helped companies in the Education Sector

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