More than 700 school data breaches in a year

The number of data breaches reported by schools increased by almost a quarter in just two years, new research shows. Tes reports.

Schools in the UK reported 703 data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2016-17, compared with 571 in 2014-15.

Allan Hickie, partner at UHY Hacker Young, warned that cyber-attacks can cause schools “extensive reputational damage, especially if the personal data of children and parents is compromised”.

“Parents must be reassured that the information held on their children, and their own financial data, is kept safe.

“Many private and independent schools are attractive to fraudsters, as school fees that they are attempting to redirect are often of high value. It is vital that schools have strong data security in place.”

His organisation warned that schools are now at a serious risk of large fines from the ICO if they fail to report data breaches, following the introduction of GDPR in May 2018.

The Department for Education said that all organisations, including schools and colleges, should have good basic cyber-security measures in place.

It pointed to the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme, which aims to protect against common vulnerabilities which are widely reported online.

Read more More than 700 school data breaches in a year

Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link 

We now have a Facebook page - pls click to like!

 

More recent posts...

Labour would scrap GCSE resits policy, Angela Rayner says
Bursaries mean private schools 'more diverse' than grammars
Categories: Data, Private Schools and Technology.

Let us know what you think...