11.7 Computer Systems
Schools generally are reliant on computer systems to maintain records and to process financial and management data. This imposes on Boards of Management a considerable responsibility in respect of data security and compliance with the Data Protection Act of 1989.
It is recommended to Boards that they take the following precautions:
- install anti-virus software;
- install a good quality back-up system;
- keep back-up disks locked securely in a fire protected cabinet/safe;
- establish the use of Passwords and assign appropriate levels of access;
§ mark all computer hardware equipment with a non-removable marking system.