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5 Reasons To Protect Your User Data

5 Reasons To Protect Your User Data

Data protection regulations vary all over the world, and some countries don’t even have any regulations. Wherever you are in the world, data protection regulations or not, the security of student’s and staff’s personal data should be a priority. ...
Academy Trust Handbook 2021 - Cyber Security

Academy Trust Handbook 2021 - Cyber Security

The Academy Financial Handbook has been updated and renamed as the Academy Trust Handbook. The requirements and guidance within the handbook has been building over recent years, with the update this year emphasising three areas where greater clarity ...
Malware Update: Education Malware Morphs to be Undetectable

Malware Update: Education Malware Morphs to be Undetectable

A new programming language ‘Go’ or ‘Golang’ is being used to specifically target schools. Once successfully executed, the Trojan enables remote exfiltration of data and control over systems through undetectable traffic through the firewall. ...
€300,000 Hurdle for Sports Club: GDPR

€300,000 Hurdle for Sports Club: GDPR

Not all sports clubs have €300,000 just kicking about. However, last week we saw an unnamed football association get hit with a large fine due to lack of compliance with data protection regulations. As time goes on, we are seeing more and more ...
NCSC Alert: Ransomware Still An Increasing Risk

NCSC Alert: Ransomware Still An Increasing Risk

The National Cyber Security Centre (“NCSC”) recently released a formal alert informing schools on yet another increase in ransomware attacks within the education sector in May/June 2021. They have emphasised once more that schools must continue to ...
Lonely Malware Seeking School for Unfriendly Encounter

Lonely Malware Seeking School for Unfriendly Encounter

The FBI has recently identified a primary malware that is designed to target schools. They have been tracking this since March 2020, and in March 2021 they have provided guidance on what steps to take in order to mitigate the risks associated with ...
Improving Cybersecurity In Independent UK Schools

Improving Cybersecurity In Independent UK Schools

Cybersecurity can be daunting at the best of times, but it doesn’t have to be. When we speak of the term ‘cybersecurity’, we are actually speaking of a situation when somebody has found vulnerabilities within your organisation’s systems. The ...
How To Process Biometric Data Appropriately

How To Process Biometric Data Appropriately

Schools are increasingly gravitating towards automated biometric systems for the authentication and security of their students. These systems are implemented into, nowadays, everyday devices such as your phone or your laptop, even the third party ...
Using a DPIA to evaluate the risk of processing safeguarding / child protection data

Using a DPIA to evaluate the risk of processing safeguarding / child protection data

A Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”) is a type of risk assessment in which an organisation identifies the data protection risks associated with particular processing activities and determines how to best minimise those risks. In many ...
What your school can do in response to Everyone’s Invited

What your school can do in response to Everyone’s Invited

Everyone’s Invited has given voice to many victims of sexual violence, abuse and harassment in schools and universities across the UK and further afield. The behaviour described within the accounts of victims provides a lens that it appears, many ...