Free Cyber Security Support for Education Providers Announced
The Cyber Resilience Centre are here to support education providers based in the North West. We’ve launched a dedicated area of resources, guidance and useful links to help education providers become more cyber-resilient.
According to the Cyber Security breaches survey of 2023;
85% of Universities, 82% of Colleges, 63% of Secondary Schools and 41% of Primary Schools identified breaches or cyber-attacks.
Just 49% of Primary schools have a formal incident response plan in place.
Just 51% of Primary schools and 87% of Secondary Schools have separate Wi-Fi networks for staff and visitors
We can help further your knowledge and strengthen your team’s resilience against cyberattacks. We want to work closely with you to ensure we fully understand your needs and can tailor our services to fit in with the demands of a busy daily schedule and within your budget. With schools, colleges and universities continuing to be targeted by cybercriminals, it's important you stay resilient.
100% of universities said they experienced phishing attacks in the last 12 months.
Many schools and colleges wrongly assume they do not need cybersecurity help because they outsource IT support. When in reality, here at the Cyber Resilience Centre, we can work alongside your managed IT provider to ensure your staff are aware of the latest threats and receive the necessary security awareness training.
A survey by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2022 found that 82% of secondary schools identified that they had breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.
The same DCMS report showed that 50% of those colleges that had suffered attacks said they had to deal with them every week. The most common type of cyber attack against education providers remains phishing emails, with impersonation, malware and viruses closely behind.
Your staff should be aware of the latest phishing emails, text scams, and the warning signs if they’re contacted by scammers attempting to impersonate your organisation to gain access to your network or extract sensitive information that could put your staff, pupils or suppliers at further risk.
Remember, your data should be backed up regularly, and any vulnerabilities in your network need to be found and secured.
Our Business Premium Membership allows you to train your staff through our Security Awareness Training - sessions are tailored to your school, college or university and are suitable for all staff members, whether they have some understanding of online security or none at all.
This guidance for education providers is part of a collection of guidance that has been reviewed and refreshed to offer up-to-date tips on implementing key security controls.