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Managing IT Costs

We’re delighted to share a recent article published in Nursery Management Today about managing IT costs. From a new infrastructure to the best value support contracts, there are many ways to save on your IT costs.

JSPC Roadshow 2019

Friday 22nd November 2019, Amex Stadium, Brighton.

This year’s roadshow will focus on the key issues including cyber security and the aim to Secure Our Schools. In addition, we will be presenting new products and developments alongside our partners, including advice on hardware, wireless solutions, single-server solutions, installations, tablet devices and anti-virus software.

We’re currently working on a fantastic, informative team of specialists to speak alongside the expert JSPC team to provide you with extensive insight and understanding into some of the key issues in IT today.

Come along to find out more about how you can transform your organisation with IT, test out new technology in our hands-on, interactive breakout sessions and keep yourself up to date with the latest innovations.

Topics covered will include

  • Security
  • Safeguarding
  • Management Information Systems
  • New developments from Microsoft and Google
  • VoIP
  • IT refresh options

Join us after the roadshow for an exclusive tour around the Amex Stadium and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the premier football club Brighton and Hove operates. 

Clevertouch Training and Stadium tour sessions will be given on the day

All attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to a premiership match at the Amex Stadium plus lots of other great prizes.

New partnership with Smoothwall for digital security in schools and academies

We’re always looking for the latest and very best products for our client schools to make sure they’re safe, secure and that the IT infrastructure is running smoothly. With that in mind, we’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Smoothwall. These innovative and dependable solutions for digital security have been engineered from the ground up with the safety of students and the demands of busy teachers and educational administrators in mind.

We’re in the process of moving all our client schools over to Smoothwall because they offer great value; a complete safeguarding solution which is reliable and doesn’t impact performance. From an effective firewall that doesn’t slow performance to stringent data protection tools, Smoothwall has it covered. You can select which tools are for you or deploy the complete solution for 360 digital security in your school or academy.

This cost-effective, high performance digital safety solution includes:

  • Smoothwall Filter: A safer, digital learning environment with real-time, content-aware filtering.
  • Smoothwall Firewall: All the features of Smoothwall Filter with an advanced firewall for total protection.
  • Smoothwall Monitor: Helping schools detect online risks before they become real-life incidents.
  • Smoothwall Classroom Manager: Enabling student focus for teachers and time-efficiency for schools.
  • Smoothwall Record Manager: Time saving record management to help schools better identify children at risk.

Your engineer will be in touch to help you manage the transition at a time that doesn’t impact the school. You can find out more by downloading the brochure or visiting the Smoothwall website or drop us a line and the JSPC team will be happy to answer your questions.

Free Cyber Security Workshop

We have teamed up once again with the South East Cyber Protect Team to raise awareness of cyber security issues within schools and provide advice on how to protect your school from cyber crime.

The cyber security workshop takes place on Thursday 4th July 10:00 – 12:00 at the Charmandean Centre in Worthing.

Police Cyber Security Advisor, Chris White will be covering a range of topics including the latest cyber security trends, threats and vulnerabilities across a number of areas including:
* Personal and corporate security
* Identity theft
* Cyber frauds and scams
* Phishing, smishing and vishing
* Password management
* Social engineering tactics
Reserve your place on this free workshop today to learn more about how to protect your school – and yourself – from the latest cyber threats.

Success with ESET Internet Security

JSPC wins largest growth award from ESET for the second year in a row

The ESET conference is always a highlight of the JSPC calendar. It gives us a chance to hear from ESET all about their latest products designed to provide anti-virus and internet security. We know this is a very important issue for schools, and one which we take seriously. That’s why we work closely with ESET as a silver partner to ensure we can offer the very best products to protect schools from malware and viruses.

This year, as well as learning all about the latest developments from ESET, we were delighted to have been awarded the Largest Growth Award by ESET for the second year in a row. The award shows that our collaborative approach with schools, including providing education about the importance of cyber security, helps to grow our business and ensures that schools across the South East are well protected against malware threats.

Last year saw a lot of high-profile stories in the news about organisations that had been hacked, and the cost to a school of fixing such an issue can be immense and can also damage a school’s reputation. Our proactive approach with schools to implement ESET has meant that this threat is not adding to the pressure of school administration and doesn’t impact on any of the rest of the infrastructure.

The introduction of GDPR legislation also played a role in the growth; schools had particular security requirements relating to security to comply with the new requirements and ESET had a solution which allowed schools to not only fulfil but even exceed the minimum requirements to ensure that the school was well protected.

We recommend ESET is because it provides endpoint antivirus protection, file and mobile security and offers remote management for schools. Not only does it protect against hackers and other cyber threats, but also proactively seeks out potential issues within the system and identifies them before they become a threat. This ensures schools can keep focussing on their top priority of education.

We’re delighted to have received the largest growth award from ESET once again, and we’ll continue to work closely with schools to provide the very best in internet security. We might try for a hat trick on the award front, but we’ll keep our focus on what each school needs to ensure they remain protected as internet security requirements evolve.

Internet Safety Day Poster Competition Finals

We’ve had a tough time judging the first round of our annual Internet Safety Poster competition. We asked pupils from schools across the South East to create a poster to help inform their friends and other young people about how to stay safe on the internet.

It was very difficult to narrow it down to a shortlist. What we did notice, as well as some wonderful creativity, was that there were a broad range of ways that children need to protect their safety online. From cyber security and the danger strangers may pose on the internet to cyber bullying and seeing inappropriate materials online.

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day was “Together for a better internet” and this theme was clear across the posters, which advised speaking with parents and older siblings, being kind of classmates online and even protecting younger siblings from the internet. It was lovely to see the different interpretations and clear understanding of this message.

Some posters focussed on a single issue, and others looked at ways to stay safe across all internet activity. All of them show that events such as Safer Internet Day are very much needed, but they’re also having a positive effect. The competition was open to children from 4-11 years old and even very young children are aware that they should be careful online. That’s a great message to get out to kids as early as possible. There are lots of positive possibilities for the internet but helping children understand some of the basics of e-safety can be invaluable in making sure they are well protected.

Next week we’ll be getting together with MP Tim Loughton who will be judging the current finalists and deciding on the winners. There is a new Chromebook and digital cameras for the school up for grabs, and we’ll be announcing the full results as soon as we’ve let the schools know who the lucky winners are.

Nursery Management Today

A great start to the year – we are featured in the latest issue of Nursery Management Today with an article about establishing some new healthy IT habits for 2019.

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Successful Cyber Security Workshop for Schools

We had a full house at our Cyber Security Workshop for schools in Shoreham this week. The popularity of the event reflected the concerns many people have after so many cyber-attacks and data leaks made the headlines last year. Schools are under pressure to make sure their IT is secure and we decided to put on an event with the experts to help everyone understand how to set up and maintain IT security.

Our speaker was Chris White, his experience working for the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit meant that he had extensive knowledge and a clear understanding of the challenges schools are facing. His presentation took in not only IT security for schools, but also some great tips for everyone on how to keep their data secure and avoid falling prey to phishing emails, identity theft and even simple but essential tools such as password management.
The event at Shoreham airport was a great success, we managed to provide some valuable information to schools across the region and we all learned from the experts who work on the front line of this challenging area. Technology changes so rapidly that we all have to keep up to date to make sure we’re staying safe and this free workshop at Shoreham airport was a great way to help our clients and make sure our solutions were in line with the aims of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021.
Given the popularity of the event and the fact that the security threat is always evolving, we’re looking into running more workshops n partnership with the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit in the future. We’re always happy to hear from people who have suggestions for other events – if there’s something you’re stuck on or you want to discuss with your peers, our events are always informative with plenty of chances to discuss the issues with professionals from other schools to get some perspective and insight into the issue.

Free Cyber Security Workshop for Schools

After a spate of cyber attacks and data leaks made the headlines last year, the need for greater cyber security became apparent. It can be difficult to address because technology changes so rapidly and the threat is always evolving, leaving many schools unsure where to start. The best defence is to keep as up to date as possible with any potential issues and that’s why we’ve teamed up with the South East Cyber Protect Team to run a free workshop for schools. We’ll be addressing a range of cyber security issues within schools and will provide advice on how to protect your school from cyber-crime.

Cyber security is a complex area and that’s why we’re so delighted to have Chris White running this workshop. Chris works for the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit which covers the Thames Valley, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex and he is part of a number of regional units which provide cyber security support across the UK. All of his advice and expertise is delivered in line with the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021.

The workshop will cover the key issues that schools and individuals are likely to encounter, including:

  • Personal and corporate security
  • Identity theft
  • Cyber frauds and scams
  • Phishing, smishing and Vishing
  • Password management
  • Social engineering tactics

If you’re worried about your school’s cyber security or want to make sure you’re on top of the latest threats, our free workshop will give you a chance to learn from the experts.

SIGN UP TODAY FOR YOUR FREE PLACE

The event takes place on Tuesday 12th June from 10.00 – 12.00 at Shoreham Airport, in the Pashley Suite.

 

Modern makeover for the JSPC Showroom

Showroom 1We were delighted to unveil the all new JSPC Showroom last month. We’re in our same location in Sompting, but we’ve completely modernised the space to reflect the cutting-edge technology available from JSPC.

Whilst we can all benefit from researching online, there really is no replacement for getting a hands-on test of any technology you might want to buy. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are on hand to help you consider your options from our new and refurbished PCs and laptops.

If you have a custom-built computer in mind, you’re also welcome to pop in and visit. You can see what is available and talk to a member of the team who will be able to understand any specifications or requirements and translate that into a PC that is designed to suit your needs.

Showroom 3

We’re delighted at the new look of the showroom but underneath the fresh coat of paint, it’s still the same dedicated, expert service and high-quality technology products, services and support that you have come to expect from JSPC.