Minimising Cyber Risks in Schools
Whilst the Schools Broadband Cyber Security service is designed to identify and protect your organisation from falling victim to cyberattacks, any security organisation will tell you that your staff and pupils will always be the weakest link in your protection strategy. Regular training should be given in schools to show how to identify potential suspicious activity, what to look out for and what to do.
For comprehensive training and guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre visit: Cyber Aware, 10 Steps to Cyber Security, Cyber Essentials and the Cyber Security Toolkit for Boards
8 Quick Tips for Better Cybersecurity
DO use strong passwords that are hard to guess, at least 12 characters and combine uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Keep your passwords confidential.
DON’T use public Wi-Fi hotspots if at all possible. If you simply have to use public Wi-Fi, avoid using the connection for sensitive work. You can also secure public Wi-Fi with a VPN connection.
DO lock your computer and mobile phone when not in use. This protects data from unauthorised access and use.
DON’T install additional software without consulting the person responsible for your internal IT.
DO report all suspicious activity and cyber incidents to the person responsible for your internal IT.
DON’T store information on your desktop or hard drive.
DO be alert and watch out for scams and phishing emails. Do not open email attachments or links/hyperlinks from unknown sources.
DON’T leave data unattended. Maintain a clear desk, keep confidential data in a locked drawer.