Cyber threats come in many different forms.  At the moment, ‘ransomware’ attacks have been getting a lot of press coverage; some of us might even have experienced one first hand.  For an attack to be successful, cyber-criminals need to target users, such as systems administrators, who have full access to a wide amount of data. 

Schools are just as vulnerable as the NHS and other organisations to such security risks. 

So as a School leader, what can you do to limit the chance of your school or trust being targeted?  One thing is for sure; if you haven’t done so already, you need to do a security audit as a key part of your ICT strategy.

Top of your action list will be to ensure regular backups of your system with a copy of all your files stored safely off-site, using cloud services.

Other preventative measures should include:

  • Restricting what any individual can access across the School’s network
  • Configuring the network so that malware can’t jump from host to host
  • Using up-to-date antivirus software
  • Developing School policies for the transfer of data
  • Testing your backups
  • Getting experts to test the integrity of your network
  • Ensuring everyone knows about cyber security
  • Checking firewall logs regularly and actioning them
  • Developing password strategies
  • Ensuring authentication tools are in place for any remote access
  • Making sure all systems are updated with latest software releases


Get a more detailed copy of how to protect your School or Trust from cyber-criminals by downloading our Novatia Note here: 

Cyber Security in Schools and Trusts


Alternatively, if you’d like to know more about how Novatia can assess your School or Trust’s current cyber security, please visit or call us on 01962 832632 to arrange to speak to one of our consultants.

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