How well are schools protected? New cyber security report from SWGfL
Gathering responses from a survey that was run last year, the report compiles a list of findings around behaviours, issues and risks seen within the topic of cyber security for schools. Responses to the survey represent around 66,800 students in education.
Cyber Security: Report Findings
Data gathered from the survey has shown how well schools have implemented cyber security through policy and practice. It also highlights what risks are currently being seen towards education communities. Some of the top findings include:
- 62% of schools have not received any cyber security training
- Out of schools who reported a cyber-attack, 48% were Ransomware attacks
- 31% of respondents do not have an IT security policy
- 17% say they have no cyber security concerns
- 76% of respondents say the internet is key to their job
The report has shown where considerable gaps are in how schools are approaching and implementing cyber security. The need for more resources and support is apparent in order to make positive change and work towards better protection. These also include:
- More investment in guidance/ training and staff awareness
- Reviewing of their current policy
- Assessment of what risks and potential impacts there are
- Maintenance of what their recovery and response plans are
Andrew Williams (Cyber Security Lead at SWGfL) said:
With cyber and information security continuing to threaten our schools, this report highlights just how important it is that educational establishments put cyber security as their number one entry on the risk register. It’s clear that educational establishments continue to lack resilience against cyber attack.