Cyber-security: Resources to support schools

With hacking, phishing, malicious software, and distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks on the increase a free resource has been launched to support schools.

Edtech charity LGfL has launched its Elevate Cybersecurity Toolkit for Schools offering a collection of key documents to help improve cyber-security.

It comes after a number of warnings from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to school leaders and IT managers after a rise in ransomware and other attacks on education institutions. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has also launched a campaign to raise awareness of cyber-crime among businesses and institutions.

According to recent figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS, 2022), security breaches in schools are still on the increase. This follows warnings last year from the NCSC. It is feared that in the rush to move to remote learning during the Covid pandemic, schools may have left their systems open to attack.

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