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Verint Systems Visits TASIS England

TASIS England’s Center for Innovation, Inspiration and Exploration welcomed Verint Systems senior directors Garry Nelson and Phillip Beech. During their December 2015 visit, the gentlemen presented sessions on big data, surveillance, government software, and tips for protecting personal information while online.

Verint Systems are an important player in the area of data analytics for fortune 100 businesses as well as for Government. In the area of Big Government, Verint Systems writes terrorist and criminal tracking software for Intelligence Agencies.

Students in The Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) class were offered insights central to the course, which the IB Programme states, “Uses an integrated approach, encouraging students to make informed judgements and decisions about the role of information and communication technologies in contemporary society."

Parents, faculty, staff, and students in attendance during the general session learned about the veiled world of surveillance and received information to help them better protect personal information in their online day to day life.

We sat down with Mr. John Arcay, Upper School Technology Integrationist, to discuss the Verint visit.

Why do you think making the connection between Verint and TASIS students and faculty was a success?

Having two Senior Directors of Verint Systems speak to my ITGS students was an incredible validation of everything they learn in this Higher Level IB course. Discussing first hand the social and ethical implications of how technology is used in our global society by individuals who write criminal/terrorist tracking software for Intelligence Agencies has a far greater value than anything we could cover in our textbook.

Government surveillance, profiling and Big Data in general affect us all in one way or another on a daily basis. This is why it was important to have a second session for faculty and parents. They are equal stakeholders in the various topics discussed on that day and their active participation was testament to the value of this venue.

What key information did students learn?

Students learned that the information (Big Data) obtained by corporate or government organizations play significant roles in how they interact with us as individuals. The corporate use of our data is mostly tailored in understanding how to better serve our needs based on our interests, while the use of Big Data in government is used to make our world a safer place. That being said, it was also clear that information in the wrong hands could have very negative implications to the relevant stakeholders.

What feedback did you get from students and parents?

There was a mix on all sides of fascination, intrigue, reflection and respect to the Verint visit. What I can say is that everyone was incredibly grateful that TASIS hosted such an important venue.

What would you consider to be a valuable takeaway from the Verint sessions?

Be careful what you write online and what you say on the phone!

Verint® Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNT) is a global leader in Actionable Intelligence® solutions for customer engagement optimisation, security intelligence, and fraud, risk and compliance. Today, more than 10,000 organisations in over 180 countries use Verint solutions to improve enterprise performance and make the world a safer place.

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