As recent attacks on schools and school districts in the US show, schools are not immune to cyber attacks and a successful attack can be disruptive and expensive to fix. It can also compromise access to confidential or sensitive information, and even cause school closures.
Cyber security is not about technology alone and does not need to be expensive. As long as you take a strategic approach, you will find cyber security accessible, affordable and manageable.
Our green paper for schools outlines common cyber security myths and shares cost-effective recommendations to improve your cyber security stance.
Download our free Cyber Security 101 – A guide for schools green paper to understand:
The six cyber security myths
Myth 1: My organisation does not have anything worth stealing
Myth 2: Security is not affordable
Myth 3: Cyber security is about technology alone
Myth 4: Cyber security is for IT to manage
Myth 5: Cyber threats are external only
Myth 6: Only PCs and laptops can be affected by viruses and malware
There are therefore six important points to remember:
Any organisation is a target.
Taking a strategic, risk-based approach can make security significantly more affordable.
Humans are fallible.
Security is a matter for everyone – including governors.
External threats are real – but so is the internal threat.
Mobile devices are significant vulnerabilities, too – not just your computers.
We explain basic measures you should take, including performing risk assessments, conducting staff training and awareness, implementing policies and procedures, and putting in place basic technical measures.
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Luke Irwin is an award-nominated writer in the information security field. He has a technical background, obtaining a master's degree from Nottingham University in 2016, and has had work featured in numerous online publications.