Cyber security attacks are increasing in schools and MATs, so it is imperative that you are armed and ready in case you experience such an attack.
You might wonder why a criminal organisation would wish to target schools to carry out cyber security attacks, but if you think about the type of personal information that is held, the volume of data held about children, parents and staff and the fact that schools/MATs may not have as much money to spend on cyber security as bigger private sector corporations, it makes schools a prime target.
In the most recent data from the ICO (Quarter 2 of 2022), the Education sector had the second highest number of data breach reports made to the ICO. In 2022, up to the end of quarter 2, there were a total of 663 data breach reports submitted to the ICO from the education sector, 115 of those related to cyber security incidents.
The most common type of cyber security incident was phishing attacks.
You may have seen the recent media reports regarding a big cyber security attack by a criminal organisation known as ‘Vice Society’ targeting schools.
Here are some tips on how to prevent a cyber security attack:
If you would like any advice or assistance with your cyber security, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).