Cyber Security is an increasing focus for schools and Trusts as the frequency of cyber attacks, ransomware and fraud increase in the education sector. Many schools and Trusts are making an effort to prioritise security, however, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Included within all of our support contracts for schools is a cyber security readiness and risk assessment to ensure a base level of understanding of existing controls, the biggest risks and how to mitigate these risks. All schools also receive, free of charge, a “bronze level” security service which includes basic operational security controls and incident response. There are additional service levels available at a “Silver” or “Gold” level, which include more proactive management of security, training, policies, scanning and regular updates of the assessments.
PEL Readiness and Risk Assessments
Whether schools/Trusts either lack the in-house expertise, or just see the value of gaining an independent review, Partnership Education can carry out a readiness and risk assessment for cyber security to provide a tangible baseline of what controls are in place and how they relate to the main risks you might face. The assessments take components of best practice from Cyber Essentials, the NCSC “10 Steps to Cyber Security” and other recognised guidance to provide schools and Trusts with:
- A 50-point “Readiness Assessment” along with an output score/100 as to how the school(s) are managing cyber security compared to a range of best practice guidance
- A prioritised Risk Assessment, mapping the controls that have been identified against the most common types of cyber attacks being seen in the education sector, with further recommended mitigations against each
- A summary report, outlining the main findings and recommendations which can be shared at a senior level