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NT Govt Plans to Spend $8 Million on School Network Upgrades

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The NT government plans to spend $8 million improving local area networks in dozens of schools for the interest of students and instructors.

Teachers will be able to implement the digital technologies curriculum more easily with the help of the data network upgrade, which is already under way.

The first phase of work, which will last through 2022, will update around 32 schools, but upgrades are being planned for all schools in the territory going forwards.

Nine schools in Adelaide River, Anula, Barunga, Bees Creek, Belyuen, Gray, MacFarlane, Middle Point, and Milner have already benefited from the improvements.

Managing the multi-year project for the Department of Education is the Department of Corporate and Digital Development.

Education minister Lauren Moss stated that “it is crucial that we ensure that our children and young people are technologically adept and have access to current IT infrastructure.”

According to her, “rapid technological progress is causing a worldwide transformation in teaching and learning.

“Improving learning outcomes for all young Territorians requires technological enablement and data-driven decision-making.”

Moss added that the government “continues to prioritise data, processes and systems that inform and improve practices to support our students and educators”.

Following last month’s cyber-attack, the Department of Education has continued to work closely with Cyber Security NSW, as well as NSW Police and federal authorities to increase the security of staff and student data, and could likely have been the catalyst that sparked the $8 million investment.

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji is the CEO of Gridware, a leading cybersecurity consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. An emerging thought leader in cybersecurity, Ahmed is an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and regularly contributes to cybersecurity conversations in Australia. As well as his extensive background as a security advisor to large Australian Enterprises, he is a regular keynote speaker and guest lecturer on offensive cybersecurity topics and blockchain.

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