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How secure is your school from Cyber attacks?

How secure is your school from Cyber attacks?

In the headlines... Since the beginning of 2018 and through to the lead up of the updated data protection regulations [GDPR] in May 2018, one of the subjects dominating the news is the number of companies losing data, more often than not through ...
9ine | Subject Access Requests in Schools

9ine | Subject Access Requests in Schools

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) forms part of the data protection regime in a number of European countries through their national statute. In the UK, this is reflected in the revised 2018 Data Protection Act (DPA 2018). What we are ...
Collaborative Guidance from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand on Limiting Cyber Security Attacks

Collaborative Guidance from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand on Limiting Cyber Security Attacks

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published a report created by the collaborative research efforts of the cyber security authorities from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. The purpose of the report is to support ...
ESFA Academies Financial Handbook 2018 - What you need to know

ESFA Academies Financial Handbook 2018 - What you need to know

The ESFA Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) cosigns a range of difficult obligations for trusts to comply with. Included within Section 2.2, is the need for trusts to establish robust control frameworks whilst having sound internal control, risk ...
Data Protection Training - Zurich International School

Data Protection Training - Zurich International School

Would you recommend 9ine’s training to a colleague or person involved with data protection within education?
Changes in the Nature of Data Protection Law, Expectations and the Impact on Managing Data within our Schools

Changes in the Nature of Data Protection Law, Expectations and the Impact on Managing Data within our Schools

Data protection law is changing on a global scale. Initiated in part by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU, countries across the world have adapted, changed or brought in new legislation to align their data protection ...
The Legal Duties to Your Employees in Managing Personal Data & Your IT Systems

The Legal Duties to Your Employees in Managing Personal Data & Your IT Systems

Within the working world, changing data protection law has placed legal obligations upon the management of employees’ personal data - including the set-up, configuration and management of the IT devices, systems and services.
5 Reasons Why Robust, Objective Cyber security Assessments are More Important Than Ever

5 Reasons Why Robust, Objective Cyber security Assessments are More Important Than Ever

Whichever sector you operate in, new data protection law makes it a legal requirement that you assess the risks to your IT systems and services. Your journey to compliance should therefore start with a thorough assessment of your current IT and data ...
Data Protection Headache? Breach Nightmares? Manage Your GDPR Journey with 9ine's Compliance Toolkit

Data Protection Headache? Breach Nightmares? Manage Your GDPR Journey with 9ine's Compliance Toolkit

When it comes to data protection compliance, one of our most frequent requests is, “how can I keep track of the many projects related to the GDPR.” Managing the road to compliance is a headache for even the most organised Project Managers tasked ...
KNOWLEDGE GAPS WITHIN EDUCATION: THE VALUE OF CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

KNOWLEDGE GAPS WITHIN EDUCATION: THE VALUE OF CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Continued professional development (CPD) refers to the regular enhancement of knowledge and learning abilities, which professionals should seek to ensure a high level of competency and progression within their career. CPD can be a record of gained ...
The ICO DPIA Guidance

The ICO DPIA Guidance

In May 2018, the Information Commissioner's Office (the UK data protection supervisory authority) published guidance on the completion of data protection impact assessments (DPIAs). The guidance is nothing new; it summarises the European Data ...
Breach Notification Under the GDPR

Breach Notification Under the GDPR

The recent revised and adopted guidelines on personal data breach notification under the GDPR have been published. These guidelines set out examples of what a personal data breach is and the actions expected of data controllers and processors. This ...
GDPR: The Principle of Accountability

GDPR: The Principle of Accountability

The GDPR principle of ‘accountability’ requires schools to demonstrate compliance with the regulation. Within this update we discuss what this means in practice. For more information on how we can support your school, see our DPO Essentials Service ...
IT Manager sentenced to 4.5 years in prison after 9ine's IT audit

IT Manager sentenced to 4.5 years in prison after 9ine's IT audit

A former IT Manager at a school in Surrey has been found guilty of seven offences including fraud, cyber-crime and burglary following discoveries made by 9ine Consulting in an IT audit and assurance review. 9ine were commissioned in January of 2016 ...
The Outsourcing of Your DPO in Full: A Scandal in the Making

The Outsourcing of Your DPO in Full: A Scandal in the Making

The GDPR makes it a requirement for all public authorities (state funded schools) to have a designated Data Protection Officer (DPO). All other types of school must document and undertake an internal analysis to determine whether a DPO needs ...
Data Protection Law - Ambulance Chasers, Cowboys and Pirates…

Data Protection Law - Ambulance Chasers, Cowboys and Pirates…

Education organisations are facing a challenge to understand how changes to recent data protection law has changed their auditing and compliance obligations. The GDPR brought with it a range of accountabilities in areas such as risk management, ...
ICO Q4 Data Security Incident Report

ICO Q4 Data Security Incident Report

After months of waiting, the GDPR is recognised into law across the EU. Within the UK this was through the Data Protection Act 2018 and in countries across the EU, through similar legislation. In countries outside the EU, the obligations of the GDPR ...
The ICO Regulatory Action Policy

The ICO Regulatory Action Policy

The Information Commissioner's Office (the UK data protection supervisory authority) last week published its Regulatory Action Policy. The policy has been created to provide direction and focus for those they regulate, specifically the action that ...
The DPO and managing your Data Protection obligations

The DPO and managing your Data Protection obligations

There is confusion in regard to the appoint of a Data Protection Officer (DPO), their responsibilities, the Data Controller's responsibility to the DPO, and also whether those obligations dissipate if a DPO isn't legally required. This article ...
GDPR in Education: In depth guidance & support for compliance

GDPR in Education: In depth guidance & support for compliance

In preparation for the GDPR, organisations need to take certain steps to demonstrate they are taking the regulation seriously. In supporting education organisations, we have taken the guidance from the UK Supervisory Authority* and adapted it for ...
GDPR & cybersecurity January update

GDPR & cybersecurity January update

The ICO have provided a range of updates and additional guidance since the last 9ine blog. In the last few weeks they have issued a consultation document on Children and the GDPR (see below), updated guidance on the lawful basis of processing for ...
Shut out the noise: GDPR basics in four steps

Shut out the noise: GDPR basics in four steps

Have you been approached by a cold caller trying to sell GDPR training or claiming to be a GDPR expert?
Protect your school against GDPR data breaches and fines

Protect your school against GDPR data breaches and fines

Guidance from the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has been issued on the approach schools should take when considering fines for data breaches and non-compliance of the GDPR.
Processor or controller – your GDPR obligations

Processor or controller – your GDPR obligations

To comply with the GDPR, you need to know when you are a Data Controller or a Data Processor and what your obligations entail. In fact, you may even be a Joint Controller. 
Focus on Governance and the GDPR

Focus on Governance and the GDPR

G-Day is just six months away. As part of our ongoing guidance, here we look at Governance - one of the three main areas of GDPR, along with Data Protection and Cyber Security. 
Data Protection by Design and Default – what it means for schools

Data Protection by Design and Default – what it means for schools

Data protection by design and default is a key feature of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force in May 2018. 
Cyber Security Governance – Central to the GDPR

Cyber Security Governance – Central to the GDPR

When a data breach occurs, organisations must demonstrate to its supervisory authority the mechanisms they have in place to manage the GDPR. In the UK, the authority is the ICO. 
GDPR: A summary for schools

GDPR: A summary for schools

The GDPR countdown is on. And, if you’re feeling confused by the endless technicalities, numerous clauses and threats of hefty fines, we’re here to cut through the noise with some plain talking.
GDPR in schools and your data protection officer (DPO)

GDPR in schools and your data protection officer (DPO)

The majority of schools will need to appoint or reaffirm the appointment of a data protection officer (DPO) to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In this blog - the fifth in our comprehensive GDPR series – we explore the role ...
GDPR in Schools: Five practical suggestions for compliance [Guide]

GDPR in Schools: Five practical suggestions for compliance [Guide]

The GDPR is a complex subject. Not only does it contain 99 interlinked articles. To understand just one of your obligations, you often have to read multiple articles and review guidance on the ICO website.
Getting ready for the GDPR - Where should schools start?

Getting ready for the GDPR - Where should schools start?

As followers of our GDPR series will already be aware, compliance with GDPR is mandatory. (For an introductory overview, read our first GDPR article.) However, preparation takes time and is likely to be disruptive.
GDPR: A technical analysis for schools

GDPR: A technical analysis for schools

Your data protection obligations as a school are about to change significantly. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – legally enforced from May 25th, 2018 – your school is liable for fines of up to 4% of global revenue (or €20m, ...
GDPR: Why Every School Must Act Now to Prepare for New Data Protection Laws

GDPR: Why Every School Must Act Now to Prepare for New Data Protection Laws

New data protection laws are soon to be introduced which will have major implications for all schools. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25th 2018 and every school will have to comply or face financial ...
Your 4 Steps to Defend Against a Cyber Attack

Your 4 Steps to Defend Against a Cyber Attack

The recent global cyber attack affected hundreds of thousands of computers and caused widespread confusion and concern. As we reported recently, we’ve helped schools who have been hit by similar ransomware.
Attack, attack, attack! A Cyber Security Blog for Schools

Attack, attack, attack! A Cyber Security Blog for Schools

Cyber security is a growing issue in schools. Not only are cases of cyber crime increasing, but the regulatory framework around data protection means that schools now need to be sure that they are tackling risks associated with cyber security.
Trends in school investment & impact

Trends in school investment & impact

The impact of technology investment in most organisations can be measured by changes in outputs and/or revenue. But for schools, the impact of an increase in technology spending is much harder to measure. Companies can more readily justify their ...
Why schools should worry about Ransomware

Why schools should worry about Ransomware

One day you click on a folder and a message appears on your screen, telling you that access has been denied to your files until you pay a certain sum of money for a key to unlock them. You try another folder, but the message reappears. After several ...
Why mobile devices are crucial for school success

Why mobile devices are crucial for school success

It is hard to envisage a future in which children do not have a device with them to support their learning.  Tablets are now a common sight in schools and with the rise of wearable technology in other aspects of life, it surely can’t be long before ...
One of these will make your IT support fail

One of these will make your IT support fail

9ine is engaged by schools for any number of reasons, but for the most part it’s because something has gone wrong. By the time we come in, there is normally a particular issue or system that has been singled out as the culprit to be tackled. This ...
How to cut down on big IT bills

How to cut down on big IT bills

School budgets are tight. Money is rightly prioritised towards staffing and the needs of teaching and learning, while more and more bursars and business managers try to extend the life of their ageing IT hardware.  On the face of it, this is a ...
Revealed: Top 3 Disaster Blind Spots (and how to address them)

Revealed: Top 3 Disaster Blind Spots (and how to address them)

Every school is aware it has blind spots. A high number of them usually sit within the reliability and compliance of the IT provision. Senior leaders know that they don’t have complete knowledge of the status of critical processes and systems, while ...
Quick questions to test your disaster recovery planning!

Quick questions to test your disaster recovery planning!

It’s top of your list of nightmares: the IT fails and you lose all of your files, contacts and data. All student work is gone, nobody can log in to a computer, communication breaks down and the school grinds to a halt.  Through the panic, you ...
Talk to a real person AT BETT 2017.

Talk to a real person AT BETT 2017.

Schools are bigger than they look. Anybody who teaches or works at a school knows that it is a community, representing and working alongside a wide range of other groups and individuals located outside its four walls. Being at the heart of this ...
Lighten your load with office 365

Lighten your load with office 365

Think of how you work with your school computer(s) and ask yourself the following questions: Does it seem like there is more than one system that does the same thing at your school? Are you teaching lessons with PowerPoints from years ago, stored in ...
EFA Financial Handbook 2016

EFA Financial Handbook 2016

The EFA Financial Handbook has been updated and it’s a thrilling read! There are some interesting changes that MATs and Academies need to address. The foci of the changes are predominantly around risk management, audit and compliance. Specifically, ...
Delivering effective IT improvement at THE Haberdashers' Aske’s Federation

Delivering effective IT improvement at THE Haberdashers' Aske’s Federation

The Haberdashers' Aske's Federation has a vision for all students and staff to have access to IT and to the support and training to enable them to use IT to improve learning outcomes. To achieve this vision it was necessary to investigate the ...
Proving The Benefits Of O365

Proving The Benefits Of O365

All schools use a range of software for teaching and learning, as well as for their administrative and support operations. In most cases, these applications are stored and made available using a mixture of CD-ROM, USB, computer imaging, VLE hosting ...
In House IT Teams vs Managed Services - Is the Grass always Greener?

In House IT Teams vs Managed Services - Is the Grass always Greener?

Here at 9ine we have been speaking with ex-BSF schools who are champing at the bit to get to the end of their IT Managed Service contracts so they can leave what they often see as a “one size fits all”, rigid service, in order to start afresh with ...
Rapid Classroom Impact - Measurable strategy for improvement

Rapid Classroom Impact - Measurable strategy for improvement

You may have read some recent blogs about 9ine's Digital Learning Programme (DLP). The DLP enables school leaders to improve areas of weakness using appropriate technology and resources. The methodology we have developed provides weekly measurable ...
Moving the school to Office 365 - 7 things that could catch you unaware

Moving the school to Office 365 - 7 things that could catch you unaware

For any school looking to migrate to the cloud, planning is essential. Unfortunately, moving to the cloud can open a maelstrom of broken links and incompatibilities across a wide array of school services. Some of which you can prepare for and others ...
Using Technology to Improve Boys' Progress

Using Technology to Improve Boys' Progress

Executive Summary
Looking for Rapid Improvement? Run a Tight Ship

Looking for Rapid Improvement? Run a Tight Ship

Many schools celebrated their personal successes in this year’s GCSE results, despite the news being dominated by an overall decline in the reported A*-C pass rate. Although this decline is in part attributable to the figures for the new, compulsory ...
Updated safeguarding guidance comes into effect - what not to do

Updated safeguarding guidance comes into effect - what not to do

As you may be aware, the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance came into effect yesterday, September 5th 2016. You can read more about the updates in our blogs from June and July below: Part 1 - What do the changes to the guidance ...
Targeting weaknesses in exam results

Targeting weaknesses in exam results

INTRODUCTION: The challenge for school leaders at this time of year is determining how to immediately improve teaching performance in those subjects or areas that are underperforming. Immediate, targeted intervention is required, with weekly ...
ICT and Safeguarding Health Check [9ine Guide]

ICT and Safeguarding Health Check [9ine Guide]

From September 5th 2016 schools are expected to take a more rigorous approach to managing the risks associated with access to technology. In doing so, schools need to put in place management processes, procedures and systems to ensure they are ...
What should your school do from September 2016

What should your school do from September 2016

The consultation for changes to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ has concluded with the government having published the changes that commences on September 5th 2016. This article is Part 3 of a three part update. Part 1 - ...
Justifying Your ICT Investment with Classroom Impact

Justifying Your ICT Investment with Classroom Impact

A few weeks ago we talked about the challenges schools are facing when embedding 1:1 devices in learning. We highlighted how a number of our schools have addressed the challenges they faced by providing structured training and development with a ...
What does the statutory guidance mean and how should my school react?

What does the statutory guidance mean and how should my school react?

The consultation for changes to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ has concluded with the government publishing changes that come into effect  on September 5th 2016. This article discusses what the guidance means for schools ...
How To See a Positive Return on ICT Investment

How To See a Positive Return on ICT Investment

 
Keeping Children Safe in Education - 2016 Changes [9ine Guide]

Keeping Children Safe in Education - 2016 Changes [9ine Guide]

The consultation for changes to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ has concluded with the government publishing  changes that will come into effect  on September 5th 2016. Over the coming weeks we will be publishing three ...
[Our experience at the ISBA 2016]

[Our experience at the ISBA 2016]

We would like to say a big thank you to ISBA for allowing us to discuss our services and distribute our 9ine branded water, which proved rather popular in the morning of the second day - possibly the result of too much wine being consumed on the ...
Independent learning in practice - it’s all about brave choices

Independent learning in practice - it’s all about brave choices

The term ‘independent learning’ is often used to describe a critical skill for learners to master and an essential element of highly competent teaching practice. But, for a learner to be truly independent, they need to do more than simply receive a ...
New Safeguarding statutory guidance - Are you compliant?

New Safeguarding statutory guidance - Are you compliant?

Over the past 12 months the government has published draft statutory guidance titled ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. In a recent keynote we presented, less than 10% of school leaders had read or were aware of the guidance and its impact on ...
Apple and its future within the classroom

Apple and its future within the classroom

Can Apple’s new iPad features transform the Apple classroom experience? Apple recently announced a feature-packed update to its iOS platform, supporting iPads/iPhones and iPods. The new update brings us one step closer to a major overhaul in the way ...
How to effectively manage mobile devices

How to effectively manage mobile devices

Over the past three years, mobile device technology has been continuing growth within UK schools. Historically, schools have invested in tablets without fully considering the rigorous planning and research involved, leaving them unable to properly ...
How to improve your school's wireless

How to improve your school's wireless

INTRODUCTION: All too often, we see wireless networks in schools having a negative impact in education. 9ine know for a fact that this does not have to be the case as an up-to-date wireless solution can add great benefit to the teaching and learning ...
Why buying more technology for schools could be the wrong move [9ine Guide]

Why buying more technology for schools could be the wrong move [9ine Guide]

INTRODUCTION: In a recent BESA research note, primary schools will increase their spending on technology by 3.6% and secondary schools by 2.8% in 2015/16. Within this, the priority of spend is wireless networking, PCs /Laptops/ Tablets, flat-panel ...
How to get a better broadband connection for Schools [9INE GUIDE]

How to get a better broadband connection for Schools [9INE GUIDE]

  INTRODUCTION: The topic of school broadband renewal has been regularly reported on, with articles published on the BBC, TES and Schoolsweek, regarding the tactics employed by some broadband providers to ‘encourage’ schools to renew their broadband ...
How to complete a self review ICT Health Check

How to complete a self review ICT Health Check

  INTRODUCTION: If technology is not effective within a school environment then it can have a severe impact on the core business of teaching and learning. In some instances problems become so entrenched that the culture of the school changes to ...

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