Continuity planning and cyber security for schools

In a recent article in UKAuthority on an audit carried out by The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the London Grid for Learning (LGfL), on 432 schools around the UK earlier in the year, it reported that 83% of schools have experienced at least one cyber security incident.

The report suggested there are shortcomings in the following areas:

  • 45% include core IT services in their risk register
  • 41% have a business continuity plan
  • 35% train non-IT staff in cyber security. Relatively low use of practices such as mobile device management and two-factor authentication
  • 49% are confident they are adequately prepared for a cyber attack

Almost all schools said losing access to their networks would cause considerable disruption and over 92% wanted more cyber security training for staff.

Paul Guha, Director, GNC Technology Limited advised “that schools really should have a business continuity plan should the worse happen.” He added “schools hold an incredible amount of personal and detailed information on parents, staff, and pupils and for this to fall into the wrong hands could be catastrophic for the school’s reputation. We help schools put together a workable plan that is communicated to all the staff concerned and arrange for training for the staff should they need it.’

If you are looking at continuity planning or cyber essentials security training for your school from a trusted listed schools’ supplier call us free on 0333 241 2544 or email   We can carry out a review of your current systems and processes.

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