The modern student experience is dependent on digital services. Teaching and learning are being maintained thanks to cloud services. But universities are putting themselves at serious risk if they don’t have reliable and robust backup and disaster recovery measures in place. With no fallback if these services become unavailable, the offering for both students and staff is severely compromised.

The responses to our FOI request actually show that universities are fairly confident in their data security measures. Almost all respondents (97%) report responsibility for storing sensitive data, with the vast majority using some form of cloud computing (96%) or online storage like Microsoft Office 365 (92%). Additionally, 88% maintain a digital backup of their data, demonstrating that they do understand the risks of data loss.



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