In today’s fast paced digital world, everyone and every organisation needs cyber protection, including schools, colleges and universities.
From integrated AV and lighting systems, to Cloud based learning tools, technology is transforming the classroom into a dynamic learning environment that’s interactive, collaborative, and easy to use.
Data, computer systems, networks and programs are all extremely attractive targets to cyber criminals. That’s why, now more than ever, there is a greater responsibility to protect both students and educational establishments from security breaches and cyber threats.
With attacks recently becoming more commonplace, the UK education sector must improve their cyber security and become more resilient against cyber risks.
The National Cyber Security centre (NCSC) recently urged all education and research institutions to act swiftly to ensure their systems and data are robustly protected, to both minimise the likelihood of attacks, as well as to mitigate the impact that one may have on their ongoing operation.
Schools, Colleges and Universities need to secure their technology to ensure that their systems, programs and networks are protected from unauthorised access and digital attacks.
By undertaking regular configuration checks and scans on their IT infrastructure, including firewalls, websites and domain names, education establishments can identify vulnerabilities and lower the risk of their data being threatened.
Security and breach simulations can further help schools, colleges and universities to evaluate and improve their security posture. Security drills test technical defences and responses to cyber-attack scenarios in safe and controlled simulations. Education establishments can use such simulations to measure their cyber security capabilities and to identify and evidence improvements.