Information security

Accessing emails from home

There are significant changes taking place on the
Council’s corporate network to enable the Council to meet the
requirements of the Public Sector Network or PSN, including switching off Outlook Web Access (OWA)
and blocking access to the Home Working System with personal equipment and
currently issued Council equipment.

Just to confirm…….This does not affect school staff accessing emails from home via OWA.

eduBuzz Information security

Welcome back! And please change your password.

As you probably know, eduBuzz was rebuilt in case it had been “hacked” after some unusual files were spotted on the server.  We’ve done everything we can to minimise the risk of future trouble, but now we need your help.

To make the site as secure as possible, we need you to change your password. Please choose a good, secure one – not just a word that can be found in a dictionary!

Here’s a simple guide to creating secure password from Edinburgh University.





Information security

Encrypted pendrives – warning!


A recent unfortunate case of a teacher forgetting her encrypted pendrive password has flagged up an important point.  If you have to reset your password then all data on the pendrive will be erased.  You have 10 chances to type in the password and will be given a warning when you have 5 chances remaining.

IT policy guidance states… 

  • USB memory sticks must only be used for short term access to files. As soon as you have finished with the data make sure you move it back to our central servers. This also ensures your data is backed up regularly

Take care, a few minutes extra work can save a lot of heartache. Make sure you set yourself a Password Hint also.


Information security Resources

Acceptable User Policy (AUP)

A copy of East Lothian Council Education & Children’s Services’ Acceptable User Policy can now be found on our Support page of Education ICT news.

Digital literacy Information security WordPress

Are you blogging more than you think?

Ooops a daisy! Photo by duncan on Flickr, used with permission.

Could you be accidentally publishing images, documents and other files to the web? 

You could be if you forget that all uploaded files are on the web, not just those you’ve chosen to use in your posts.  And those files can be surprisingly easy to find.

Here’s an example to explain.

Yesterday, a commercial publisher asked for permission to reuse an excellent photo, taken about 3 years ago, which they’d found on an Edubuzz blog. There’s nothing unusual about that: there are now over 8000 images on the site. What was unusual, though, was that the school involved didn’t think they’d used the photo on the blog.

So what was happening?  Read on to find out.