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Efficient and Safe Digital Transformation in Education

 Managing information and data starts with digitizing as much of it as possible – especially information that continues to be created or distributed on paper.

Using a multifunction device (MFD) or scanner to capture student materials (such as creative work, handwriting or paper-based tests), invoices or parental permission slips allows multiple ways to better manage and secure those types of information.

Using optical character recognition (OCR) software and an information management software solution can help extract important details and create rules governing who has access to the information, how it is stored, and how long it is retained. Once digitized, information is much more easily searched for and found when needed.

In the education sector, digital transformation is helping to deliver more impactful and effective learning experiences than ever before, from K-12 up to the largest universities. Digital technology has brought iPads and Chromebooks, the internet, and even augmented reality into classrooms for more immersive educational experiences. More broadly, Educause notes that “… digital transformation means transforming an organization’s core business to better meet customer (students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, etc.) needs by leveraging technology and data.” This means schools, colleges, and universities must also use digital transformation to positively affect their administration and regulatory compliance efforts to more effectively support the core business of education.


Two important ways educational entities can improve administration and compliance efforts are by:

  • Effectively managing the large amount of data and information already in the system as well as that which is being created daily.
  • Enabling security processes and features on devices like MFDs and printers that will help education administrators better meet requirements of regulations like the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA).


In a study done by Canon (Canon Lean Information Management and Governance Study), a high percentage of organizations reported positive/significantly positive business impact in updating of information (73%), regulatory compliance (77%), and security of information (79%) by more effectively managing their information and implementing information governance practices.

 Security, one of the top five digital transformation trends in education, helps keep student and other data private, again helping administrators meet privacy regulations. Additionally, implementing good information, data, and records security practices can lessen a costly breach that can cripple an institution’s ability to carry out its mission.

Ponemon reported in their “Cost of a Data Breach Report 2019” that the average cost of a data breach in the education sector was $4.8 million, or $142 per record. This total consists of direct and indirect costs including:

  • Breach discovery costs
  • Remediation costs
  • Outsourcing costs to notify affected parties
  • Future costs due to loss of business
  • Other costs associated with the breach

Surprisingly, in the same report, almost 30% of organizations expect a data breach in the next two years and only 51% of education sector organizations have implemented security automation.

Even without security automation using artificial intelligence, machine learning, or automated incident reporting and response, there are many actions an educational sector administrator can take to help mitigate risk and make an institution’s digital transformation more secure. These include:

  • Considering the replacement of any MFD, printer, scanner or copier that is more than five years old. Major security features are available in newer models.
  • Upgrading to equipment that, at startup, verifies the boot code, OS, and applications running on the device have not been compromised.
  • Ensuring new equipment has anti-virus/anti-malware software installed and activated in the device.
  • Updating software and firmware on devices including MFDs and printers, making sure updates are digitally signed from the manufacturer.
  • Enforcing authentication on MFDs, printers, laptops and PCs.
  • Encrypting files in a digital information system and data going between a computer and any printing device.
  • Shredding files that are at the end of their life and not needed any longer.
  • Finally, engaging a professional reseller to help conduct a security audit to identify security gaps and determine solutions to fill those gaps.

Digital transformation is a journey and not a destination. Managing information and data security practices along the way makes the journey safer and more efficient.

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From prep schools to universities and everything in-between, RYAN has the experience and background to help with common challenges, like:

  • Data security for student information
  • Easy scanning & printing from mobile devices on campus
  • Managing documentation – both digital and hardcopy
  • Workflow issues and bottlenecks
  • Driving cost efficient & responsible printing
  • Reducing waste and expanding recycling initiatives


Let us help you! We offer education-focused solutions that can meet your challenges head-on. Browse any of the brochures below to learn more, or contact us at 800.842.1916 – today!

RYAN is the partner of choice for educational facilities of every size, at every level. We understand your need to deliver a quality educational experience to your students despite ever-greater budgetary pressures.

Whether you’re involved in running a K through 12, or a post-secondary or university environment, managing important confidential student information in hardcopy and digital formats can be a drain on your organization’s staff and resources.
Our specialists have helped our clients in the educational sector to achieve incredible results including:

  • Significant cost reductions
  • Budgetary control and better predictability
  • Improved system availability
  • Increased productivity for educators
  • Reducing or eliminating unnecessary printing and copying
  • Implementing sustainable green print strategies
  • uniFLOW can provide printing, copying and scanning facilities for your students and staff while managing and charging back costs correctly

  • Advanced Solutions for Education – bringing RYAN expertise and Canon quality to your campus printing

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