Ethical hacking – a helpful tool for addressing #GDPR compliance in education

Whether it’s changing stationery suppliers, finding cheaper utility providers, or simply reducing headcount – Principals and CEOs are having to ensure that they’re not only providing the best education for students, but that they’re smarter with budgets too. FE News reports

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect on 25 May this year is only adding to the pressure. There has been a lot of hype and discussion surrounding the regulation, but most of it relates to the potentially eye-watering fines, of up to £17 million, that huge corporates could face should they fall foul of the regulations.

It’s expected that most GDPR fines will come as a result of poor data protection and breaches of confidentiality, and therefore administrators should be provided with training to understand what data they hold, how it is owned or used and where it is stored.

If processes have been put in place to address GDPR, but administrators remain unsure whether they are GDPR compliant, an ethical hacker could be strategically used to expose potential flaws in data protection.

There is no one size fits all approach. Each educational organisation is different and will require a compliance practice to fit its particular tools and processes. This is where an ethical hacker can make all the difference.

Their goal is to ensure the institution’s data is secure and defend systems by mimicking the efforts of real-world hackers. They can detect and document potential GDPR risks and advise on actionable insight into how the organisation can overcome the issues.

The ethical hacker can also take the lead to provide training for teachers. By using the same tactics and tools used by malicious hackers, they can con employees over email and scan their network for vulnerabilities and information they’ve downloaded to alert them of the data protection violations they could be facing.

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