Now more than ever, schools are relying on their online IT and ed-tech services to help with teaching and admin tasks. Your staff can play a key role in being the front line in keeping these IT services (and the information they access) secure and available.
Schools, Universities and Colleges (much like businesses) are increasingly reliant on IT and technology. Falling victim to a range of cyber activity aimed to cause harm and long term damage. As the threat to the education sector increases, losing access to technology or suffering a data breach through a cyber attack can be devastating. Both to your reputation and your long term future.
“Myerscough College is just one of several local education establishments which have been targeted in recent months. The Cyber Resilience Centre was happy to work with them and put them in touch with SaaSAge who implemented their Business Continuity Team to work with the college to restore their systems and put measures in place for the college to be better prepared for any future similar attack.”
- Detective Superintendent Neil Jones, Director of the Cyber Resilience Center for Greater Manchester.
We know that not all teachers and support staff are very knowledgeable when it comes to cybersecurity. But we know that the appetite to learn through staff training, and new resources to help bridge this knowledge gap.
At the Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester, we want to help all the Schools, Universities and Colleges in the North West to feel better-armed to face the challenges that arise from rapid technological advancement. We can't guarantee protection from all types of cyberattacks, but following our guidance (and from the NCSC) will significantly increase your protection from the most common types of cybercrime.
If you believe that you or your school, college or university has been the victim of online fraud, scams or extortion you should report this through the Action Fraud website.
Cyber Attacks on the Education Sector
Cyber-attacks affect school, colleges and universities of all sizes across the UK.
58% of secondary schools identifying breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.
91% of colleges experienced a phishing attack in the last 12 months.
What are the top 3 threats that the education sector is facing?
01 / PHISHING
Phishing involves criminals sending un-targeted, mass emails to many people asking for sensitive information (such as bank details) or encouraging them to visit a fake website.
02 / IMPERSONATION
Impersonation can include
fraudsters pretending to be your business by hijacking your invoices and contacting your customers in order for them to be paid instead of you.
03 / MALWARE
Malware (including Ransomware) is malicious software that can damage your network or make your systems unusable until you
make a payment to the cyber criminals.
Education Sector Resources
Are your staff ready for Security Awareness Training?
Security awareness training provides simple and effective knowledge for your staff to understand their environment and provides the confidence to challenge when something doesn’t look right.
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