Cyber Essentials for Schools

Written on 5 November, 2021

There is a very concerning rise in the number of cyber attacks against schools.  These can take the form of phishing emails, malware and downloads from bogus websites, and ransomware attacks.

The Government are urging schools to take action to protect themselves against these kind of attacks.

Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme that will help you to protect your school against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.  Most cyber attacks are made up of repeated stages that lead to a more targeted attack. These untargeted attacks exploit basic weaknesses that can be found in many schools, such as poorly configured devices, software that hasn’t been updated, and unsupported computer systems.

Becoming Cyber Essentials certified will help schools defend themselves against this type of attack. The process of putting in place the five core controls will eliminate the common security gaps that up to 80% of cyber attacks rely on. Successful certification includes free cyber liability insurance.

Sometimes, schools are unsure about where to start to prepare for Cyber Essentials, and this is where we can help you.  Please visit our Cyber Essentials page to discover downloadable free resources for schools, and contact us at [email protected] if you would like more information about how we can support you on your journey to Cyber Essentials Certification.  We can take the majority of the work away from you.

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