The introduction of GDPR has highlighted the need to ensure any personal data you hold is secure.

There are a number of ways you can keep the data you hold secure but accessible from outside the school including Office 365, Windows 10 with BitLocker, and encrypted memory sticks. 

 For more information on using Office 365 and Windows 10 with BitLocker to keep your data safe click here.


Memory sticks are the easiest way to store and transfer data if you don't use encrypted laptops or store your data in Office 365, but they are also the most vulnerable to loss. If you do need to use memory sticks to store your date you need to ensure you use encrypted memory sticks that are certified to FIPS 140-2. Schools ICT recommend using AES 256-bit hardware encrypted memory sticks rather than software encryption as it is more secure and harder to intercept or break. Hardware encryption uses a separate processor which is dedicated to the encryption of the memory stick.

Schools ICT are currently offering two different encrypted USB memory sticks, the Kingston DataTraveler 4000G2 and the Integral Crypto Drive FIPS 140-2 USB 3.0, both of which offer 256-Bit AES hardware encryption and are FIPS 140-2 certified. These memory sticks are available in a variety of storage sizes ensuring there is one to suit your storage requirements. For more details on the sizes available and prices click here and select Encrypted USB Memory Sticks


For more information, please call our Development Team on 01609 536086 (option 2) or contact us using our online contact form.

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