Cyber-security in Schools

Cyber-security in Schools

Consultant: Sam WilliamsDate posted: July 2020

On the 15th July the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in association with the Department for Education (DfE), published new guidance on managing cyber-security risks in schools.


The NCSC works with other law enforcement, defence, the UK’s intelligence and security agencies and international partners in helping to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.


Allegations drawing media attention this week have intensified the focus on cyber security in the UK and it is important that those involved in school governance recognise that schools are not immune from cyber-attack. When considering school security policies and procedures the DfE advises that schools should also include an assessment of cyber security risk. Cyber security incidents, in schools can result in a data breach, where sensitive personal information about pupils, parents and staff is accessed without permission. Incidents of this nature can have implications for safeguarding, and can result in serious disruption to the running of the school.

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