Schools and colleges have invested heavily in ICT to run both the curriculum and Management Information Systems, for staff to plan and deliver lessons and to store pupil attainment data. The loss of this data for even a short period of time can have a significant negative impact. With increasingly stringent legislation and industry guidelines, and the much-publicised targeting of UK schools by fraudsters demanding payments of up to £8,000 to unlock data they have encrypted with malware, means that it is more important than ever that schools have adequate protection in place to protect their data.
Despite this, many schools are still reliant on dated, unencrypted technology, such as tape (prone to failure) and manual processes (prone to error and omission) to ensure backups take place.
The Schools Financial Value Standards (SFVS) has been updated in 2015. Section 2 of Point 25 of the SFVS states that all Local Authority maintained schools must back up their data off-site daily to protect the school’s important IT systems. RBUSS ensures compliance with the Data Protection Act, ICO and SFVS guidance by guaranteeing that critical data is securely and automatically backed up offsite daily.
Since 2005, RBUSS has been delivered by a network of specialist education partners (including 70 Local Authorities), who trust Redstor to protect the data in over 12,000 educational establishments nationwide. RBUSS is the only Capita approved, fully automated, online backup and recovery service allowing schools and colleges to back up their data off-site, securely, over the Internet and/or dedicated IP links to our secure, remote data centres. With RBUSS you can reduce costs, reduce complexity and fully automate backups, saving time and money, removing the worry and risk of traditional old-fashioned backup methods and ensuring data is protected and recoverable.
RBUSS is a fully automated online backup service that allows you to back up and restore all data and files held on your MIS (Admin) Curriculum and school systems. It backs up your data via the internet or a dedicated link and stores it securely off-site in multiple data centres. Backups are automated; data is compressed, encrypted and securely transferred to Redstor’s primary data centre. Data reduction technology in software agents installed on school devices means that only unique blocks of data have changed since the previous backup are transmitted, reducing impact on valuable bandwidth and increasing the speed of backup and recoverability. Data is continuously mirrored to out secondary data centre for resilience and peace of mind. You can restore data at any time to the same or alternate location. Each backup session is recorded and daily reports are emailed automatically. If a backup is missed, or failed you will receive an email to let you know.
RBUSS's InstantData presents your backups for temporary access as a virtual drive for permanent recovery to a destination of your choice, while data is restored behind the scenes, applications can start reading files immediately - especially large files like databases.
This kind of near instant recovery significantly reduces your time to recover but also allows low touch tasks, such as auditing and file integrity checks. While InstantData is very useful for DR scenarios, it also makes normal restores as easy as browsing a local file system to 'drag and drop' any required files and folders.