Cyber Essentials for Schools
Cyber security is vital for schools who are increasingly reliant on IT and online systems. Achieving the Cyber Essentials certification is a cost effective and practical way to improve your school’s cyber security.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme supported by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). It enables schools to demonstrate their commitment to cyber security in a simple and low-cost way. It focuses on the successful implementation of five key cyber security measures (or controls) which can protect your school from around 80% of common cyber-attacks.
Cyber Essentials provides base-level security certification and shows you have the key controls in place in school. Cyber Essentials Plus includes a more in-depth audit of your key controls and systems. It is advised that schools achieve Cyber Essentials Plus.
Increase risk of cyber-attacks
The NCSC has warned of an increase in cyber-attacks against the education sector including phishing emails, malware from bogus websites and downloads, ransomware attacks and Denial of Service attacks. A security breach can affect large numbers of devices and services and is costly in terms of time and resources to deal with.
Benefits of Cyber Essentials
By implementing the recommended controls and achieving Cyber Essentials certification, your school will be able to demonstrate your commitment to cyber security and:
- Prevent most cyber-attacks
- Reassure governors, staff, parents and other stakeholders
- Attract funding and grants from organisations who require Cyber Essentials certification
- Support safe-guarding and data protection
Get in touch about our Cyber Essentials support for schools
Our System IT qualified cyber security practitioners will guide you through the Cyber Essentials process, test and assess your current controls and implement the necessary improvements for your school to achieve the accreditation and protect your school from a cyber-attack.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.