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How to choose a secure password?

How to choose a secure password?

Having a password policy within your school should be expected; having a password policy that’s easy to understand and therefore actually followed by your staff and students is the harder part. A strong password policy is a key part of your wider ...
ICO Audit - Important Lessons for Schools

ICO Audit - Important Lessons for Schools

In the UK, businesses, organisations and government bodies are mandated to follow specific guidelines in order to protect the sensitive information they are trusted with. The supervisory authority overseeing the application of these guidelines is ...
How can My School Benefit from GRC Technology?

How can My School Benefit from GRC Technology?

A well-planned governance, risk and compliance (GRC) strategy comes with lots of benefits: improved decision-making, more optimal IT investments, elimination of silos, and reduced fragmentation among departments, to name a few.
The Real Social Dilemma - Safeguarding and Data Protection in Schools

The Real Social Dilemma - Safeguarding and Data Protection in Schools

Many of you will have seen Netflix’s docudrama, The Social Dilemma. The film explores the alarming human impact of social media, with experts from Big Tech, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more warning of the consequences of their ...
Secure Configuration - How to Maintain and Baseline Your Systems

Secure Configuration - How to Maintain and Baseline Your Systems

As the trusted partner for over 200 schools worldwide, 9ine has helped many organisations assess their systems and services for security weaknesses that, if left unsecured, could have led to a network compromise.
How to Complete a Thorough Security and Systems Vulnerability Assessment and Audit

How to Complete a Thorough Security and Systems Vulnerability Assessment and Audit

Organisations are under increasing pressure from regulatory updates, changes in compliance laws and employee expectations to ensure that the data they process is held securely. Failure to do so can result in regulatory fines, a loss of new business ...
Data Privacy Checklist for Schools

Data Privacy Checklist for Schools

Many organisations will have had to modify existing solutions and services or install and commission new systems and services to facilitate remote working. Whether the chosen solutions were expanded, modified or brand new, your organisation needs to ...
Protecting Your School from Cyber Threats Facing Distance Learning

Protecting Your School from Cyber Threats Facing Distance Learning

Most schools have tried their hand at variations of distance learning, from delivering lessons via virtual learning environments (VLEs) to presenting school assemblies via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom. Data Privacy and safeguarding ...
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 ...
NCSC Alert: Cyber Criminals Target Education Sector With Ransomware Attacks

NCSC Alert: Cyber Criminals Target Education Sector With Ransomware Attacks

The National Centre for Cyber Security recently published an alert for those responsible for IT and Data Protection in education. The alert brings to light an investigation into an increase in ransomware attacks affecting the UK education sector ...