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Data protection and cyber security for the education sector

Years of stretched budgets and competing priorities mean that many education organisations are without the protection or expertise needed in today’s data-rich digital world. And although there has always been a strong culture of confidentiality, government surveys reveal this is not reflected in the sector's spending on cyber security.

During a 2019 security test by digital services organisation Jisc, penetration testers had a 100% success rate in accessing the networks of over 50 UK universities. In doing so, the team was able to access student and staff personal data, finance systems and valuable research networks.

Education organisations at all levels are open to attack from cyber criminals and ill-prepared and under-resourced to meet the requirements of today’s more stringent data protection laws.

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Whatever stage you are at in understanding and improving your governance, risk and compliance, we have the experience and expertise to support you. Speak to one of our experts today.

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IT Governance is an ASCL preferred supplier and a COBIS supporting member.

The ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) and COBIS (Council of British International Schools) recognise the quality and range of our provision and recommend our products and services to their members.

Member schools and colleges receive a 10% discount on all IT Governance products and services. Please mention your membership when talking to us.

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Discover our range of data protection and cyber security solutions to support your journey

Our specialist sector team will will work with you to identify and understand your challenges, and recommend appropriate, cost-effective solutions.

We offer the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme – an excellent starting point to protect organisations of any size. Internationally recognised training and consultancy, penetration testing, PCI DSS services, ISO accreditations, and governance and compliance products.

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Get in touch to discuss tailored solutions to your cyber security and data protection needs.