How do we support the education sector?

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 activities 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.

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 North West Cyber Resilience Centre, 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.

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?


Phishing involves criminals sending un-targeted, mass emails to many people asking for sensitive information (such as login details) or encouraging them to visit a fake website.


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.


Ransomware (including Malware) is malicious software that can damage your network, make your systems unusable or encrypt your data until you make a payment to the cyber criminals.

How can we support you against these these threats?

> Start your journey

If you know nothing about cybercrime or why criminals would target you. But you are curious to learn more about cyber security, but don’t know where to start or whom you can trust and want free or affordable guidance, help and support. ​​

> Increase your knowledge

You know that cybercrime is a growing threat and want trusted solutions to help protect your staff and your data from irreparable damage being caused to your school, college or university - both through reputation and financially.

> I've been attacked

If your school, college or university has suffered a cyber attack and you want to know how to report it, where to get help with recovery and how to prevent it from happening again.

Education Sector Resources


58% of Secondary Schools faced cyber attacks in 2020

The most common type of cyber attack for education providers was phishing emails.


Cyber Security Awareness in the Education Sector

Learn more about our campaign to raise awareness of cybersecurity and cyber resilience within the education sector.


Securing tools for remote education

If you've been using home learning technology and services, we recommend you take a moment to check the latest guidance.

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Rise in Ransomware Attacks on Academic Sector

There was a notable rise in ransomware attacks against UK schools, colleges and universities during August again.

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Practical Tips for Cyber Security in Schools

This Cybersecurity in schools guide is full of guidance about what you can do to keep schools safe from cyber attacks or incidents.


Cyber Security for Early Years practitioners

How to protect sensitive information about your setting and the children in your care from accidental damage and online criminals.

Distance Learning

Education Providers need to review their existing Cyber Security Processes

What can schools do about being soft targets for cyber-criminals? How can they protect themselves?


NCSC Guide: Cyber Security for Schools

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has produced a number of downloadable resources for everyone working within schools.


Home learning: advice for parents and carers

What to do before you start using any devices that you're using for home learning (or any other online activities).

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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. 

The contents of this website are provided for general information only and are not intended to replace specific professional advice relevant to your situation. The intention of the North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC) is to encourage cyber resilience by raising issues and disseminating information on the experiences and initiatives of others.  Articles on the website cannot by their nature be comprehensive and may not reflect most recent legislation, practice, or application to your circumstances. NWCRC provides affordable services and Trusted Partners if you need specific support. For specific questions please contact us.

NWCRC does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information or materials published on this website. NWCRC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to this site or which are linked from it.