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Regular cyber training for staff is crucial given the amount of systems involved in running organisations.  Schools and Trusts should be doing this annually as advised by the DfE Cyber Security Digital Standards.

UPDATE: The Upcoming Election and The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

Latest Update 23rd May (pm):

Lord Sikka reports on X at 4:12pm:
Because of the general election the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill passed by the Commons has fallen in the Lords.
Govt was seeking 24/7 powers to snoop on the bank accounts of recipients of benefits and state pension.
Govt avoided defeat in the Lords by giving in.

It is over for now...it is highly unlikely that a new administration (if there is one) will adopt this legislation. We

Laptop with the word webinar on the screen in front of a network. A white coffee cup next to it with the data protection education logo

We connect with a number of other organisations, always on the look-out for free resources, training and support for our customers and for our own learning purposes to provide a better service.  

The vale federation logo on a white circle with the data protection education logo next to it, some cartoon books, pens and a clock and then the text in white on a navy background: school focus. The Vale Federation, a group of schools in Aylesbury

The Vale Federation is made up of two special schools, Booker Park and Stocklake Park who have worked with Data Protection Education for a number of years on compliance and data protection. They are based in Aylesbury and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

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The DfE have recently published updates to their Data Protection toolkit.  Previously there had been very little guidance in the toolkit about how to respond to Subject Access Requests.  There is now a specific section on this and an extra update about responding to other data rights requests such as changing, deleting or restricting of personal information.

The Data Protection And Digital Information Bill: Webinar Update

With the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill moving to the House of Lords, join James England and Protection Education to:
Learn what are the main changes proposed in the new Bill When it might become law? What it will mean for schools and MATs What do I need to do? This session will be repeated (with any updates) throughout the run-up to the law and is open access - feel free to share with your school network

Who is it for?
School and Trust leaders&nb

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A summary of the government Cyber Security Breaches 2024.  It is an official set of statistics produced by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology in partnership with the Home Office. The findings of this survey provide a comprehensive description of cyber security for a representative sample of UK organisations, which provides a snapshot of UK cyber resilience at this point in time.

Harry the hacker on a laptop standing on a giant mobile phone with coloured social media icons coming out of it. Data Protection Education logo on the bottom right

We recently published a series of articles on all things social media, which also included information about protecting your social media accounts.  The South East Cyber Resilience Centre has recently published a blog about this:

Checklists in navy text by Data Protection Education. Data Protection Services badge.  The DPE Knowledge Bank on a laptop screen

Our customers all have access to the checklists in our Knowledge Bank user portal.  We have checklists for all areas of compliance around data protection and cyber security, as well as some practical ones for schools and trusts.  But why are checklists a good tool?

  1. Product Focus on Checklists : Initial Trust Plan
  2. Product Focus on Checklists : End of Term Checklist
  3. Product Focus on Checklists : Information and Cyber Security
  4. Product Focus on Checklists : Social Media
  5. Cyber Incident Review: The Benefits
  6. Product Focus on Checklists : Lettings
  7. Product Focus on Checklists : Record of Processing
  8. Pre-Holiday Cyber Hygiene: Ensuring Security Before the Break
  9. Milk Island: The secret location that allows children to view restricted content on Google Maps
  10. Why Data Should Stay Put: Benefits of Keeping Data in Its Original System
  11. Product Focus on Checklists : Data Retention and Destruction
  12. Product Focus on Checklists : Data Migration
  13. Product Focus on Checklists : Biometrics
  14. Product Focus on Checklists : Supplier Due Diligence
  15. Free Cyber help, advice and training with the Cyber Resilience Centres
  16. The Perils of Paper: The Printing Vulnerability
  17. Product Focus on Checklists : FOI
  18. Product Focus on Checklists : Governors and Data
  19. Product Focus on Checklists : DPIA
  20. Product Focus on Checklists : Site Moves
  21. Product Focus on Checklists : Data Breaches
  22. Product Focus on Checklists : Subject Access Requests
  23. Cyber attack on a University
  24. Product Focus on Checklists : Bring your own device
  25. Product Focus on Checklists : Working out of school/offsite
  26. Cyber Attack on a School
  27. Product Focus on Checklists : Redaction
  28. Major cyber-criminal gang Lockbit brought down by UK Law Enforcement
  29. Why Due Diligence is Important: Fake apps
  30. Product Focus on Checklists : CCTV
  31. Product Focus on Checklists : Clear desk
  32. Product Focus on Checklists : Commitment to compliance
  33. Product Focus on Checklists : Photos and video
  34. Product Focus on Checklists : Passwords
  35. Product Focus on Checklists : Information Classification
  36. Safer Internet Day 2024
  37. Kent Councils Data Breach
  38. 2FA Authentication day/Happy National Change Your Password Day
  39. Free cyber training for staff
  40. DfE Digital Standards Update
  41. The Mother of all Breaches
  42. ClassCharts Possible Data Breach
  43. Where is your data stored?
  44. IAPP looks at AI privacy risks
  45. If you suspect a financial scam .....
  46. Guardians of Privacy: 16. Social Media Checklist
  47. Guardians of Privacy: 15. Navigating Social Media in Educational Settings Summary
  48. Guardians of Privacy: 14. Social Media and Cyber Bullying
  49. Guardians of Privacy: 13. Social Media, Copyright and Intellectual Property
  50. Guardians of Privacy: 12. Social Media and Going Viral
  51. Guardians of Privacy: 11. Staff Social Media Accounts
  52. Guardians of Privacy: 10. Social Media and Cookies
  53. Guardians of Privacy: 9. Social Media and Morality
  54. New Resources for Schools from the ICO
  55. Guardians of Privacy: 8. Social Media Policies
  56. Guardians of Privacy: 7. Social Media Data Retention
  57. Guardians of Privacy: 6. Posting Safely
  58. Guardians of Privacy: 5. Social Media and Consent
  59. Guardians of Privacy: 4. Social Media Access Control
  60. Guardians of Privacy: 3. Social Media Channels
  61. Guardians of Privacy: 2. Law and Regulations
  62. Guardians of Privacy: 1. Social media, privacy and children
  63. Latest ICO Reprimand. Mr. S. Claus, Chief Executive Officer, North Pole Enterprises
  64. Phishing attacks targeting schools - alert from City of London Police
  65. The Data Protection And Digital Information Bill (DPADI)
  66. The ICO reprimands a Multi Academy Trust
  67. KCSIE: Filtering, Monitoring and Privacy
  68. Guidance for the use of school email and applying email retention in schools
  69. Guarding Festive Moments: Navigating Privacy at the End of Term and Christmas
  70. CISA and UK NCSC Announce Joint Guidelines for Secure AI System Development
  71. Data Protection Tips for Early Years Settings
  72. Children's Privacy around the world is a puzzle
  73. Trust Initial Plan Checklist Update
  74. Update on Advisory for Rhysida Ransomware
  75. Records Management Best Practice Update
  76. Governors and Data Best Practice Area Update
  77. The Crime in a Cyber Attack and a Data Breach
  78. What do I need to redact?
  79. NCSC Annual Review is published for 2023
  80. Learning from Data Breaches
  81. Windows 11 security ineffective against attacks on old devices
  82. Trust Initial Plan for Data Protection Compliance (for Multi Academy Trusts)
  83. International Counter Ransomware Initiative 2023 Joint Statement
  84. Google for Education Resources: Helping IT Admins meet DfE digital and technology standards
  85. Resistant Cloud Backups
  86. Top Ten Cyber Security Misconfigurations
  87. Lettings Best Practice and Guidance
  88. ICO Reprimand: company suffered a ransomware attack
  89. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 31. On the road to cyber essentials
  90. The UK Online Safety Bill becomes an Act (Law)
  91. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 24. Backups
  92. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 27. Passwords
  93. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 30. Support
  94. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 29. Admin controls
  95. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 28. Phishing
  96. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 26. Physical Security
  97. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 25. Server Security
  98. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 23. Filtering and Monitoring
  99. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 22. Hardware: Printers
  100. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 21. Hardware: Asset Control
  101. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 20. Hardware: Safe disposal
  102. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 19. Anti-virus/anti-malware
  103. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 18. Regular Updates
  104. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 17. Access Control (Users)
  105. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 16. Access Control (Wi-Fi/Network access)
  106. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 15. Access Control (working from home/off site)
  107. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 14. Access Control (MFA)
  108. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 13. Awareness
  109. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 11. Policies and Procedures
  110. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 12. Training
  111. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 10. Assess where you are with cyber security
  112. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 9. A guide for education providers
  113. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 8. How can your school prevent Ransomware attacks?
  114. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 7. What does a Ransomware attack on a school look like?
  115. Considerations when migrating to a new MIS
  116. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 6. Cyber Action Plan
  117. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 5. Responsibilities
  118. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 4. What to do in a cyber attack
  119. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 3. Data Security
  120. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 2. Privacy Protection
  121. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 1. Why is cyber security important?
  122. The importance of software updates (PaperCut vulnerability and Rhysida ransomware)
  123. Public bodies and sensitive data
  124. Adding offline bulk training using the Certificates function
  125. Ransomware, extortion and the cyber crime ecosystem
  126. ICO: 10 Step guide to sharing information to safeguard children
  127. Schools under Cyber Attack: September 2023
  128. Cyber Resource: The Cyber Resilience Centre Group
  129. Schools and Trusts Best Practice Area
  130. Email and Security: ICO recent guidance
  131. Help after a Cyber Attack/Incident
  132. Social Media Policy
  133. Data Protection and Cyber Security (Inset Day) Training Ideas
  134. Changes to Microsoft Free Licensing for Schools
  135. What to do in the event of a Cyber Attack
  136. Cyber Crime: AI Generated Phishing Attacks
  137. Handling Freedom of Information Requests the right way
  138. Cyber Attack: Exam Boards
  139. VICE SOCIETY - Ransomware attacks on schools
  140. Using Tags if you are a group of organisations in the DPE Knowledge Bank
  141. Where's Harry the Hacker?
  142. Be Cyber Aware: USB Sticks
  143. Cyber Insurance in the Public Sector
  144. Types of Cyber Attacks: DDos Attack (Microsoft DDoS Attack in June)
  145. Cyber Attack: Manchester University
  146. Cyber Attack: Leytonstone School
  147. The ICO Reprimands a school
  148. Be Cyber Aware: Firewalls
  149. Subject Access Requests (SARs)
  150. Be Cyber Aware: Cyber attacks and transparency. A no blame culture
  151. Cyber Attack: Dorchester School
  152. Knowledge Bank Role Types: Admin, Staff and Trustee
  153. Types of Cyber Attacks: Password Attacks
  154. Be Cyber Aware: Why regular software updates are important
  155. Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2023
  156. World Password Day - May 4th
  157. Cyber Attack: Wiltshire School
  158. Keeping your IT systems safe and secure
  159. Types of Cyber Attacks: DDoS Attacks
  160. Types of Cyber Attacks: Phishing
  161. Types of Cyber Attacks: The Insider Threat
  162. Why your data is profitable to cyber criminals
  163. Using WhatsApp in Schools
  164. The Changes to Data Protection in the UK
  165. Knowledge Bank Updates
  166. Types of malware and how they are linked to data protection
  167. Striking Data Breach
  168. Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2 Retirement
  169. How to contact us for support, subject access requests, data breaches and FOI's
  170. YouTube breached child protection laws
  171. How a school fought back after a cyberattack
  172. Types of Cyber Attacks - Credential Stuffing
  173. January Cyber update - How Can Schools Help Prevent Cyber Attacks?
  174. End of Windows 8.1 Support
  175. Assigning courses to staff using to-dos
  176. How the Record of Processing Can Help You
  177. Information Security Basics: What are VPN's?
  178. What does a Data Protection Officer Do?
  179. Are you ready for a Data Breach?
  180. Blog: Best Practice on the Retention of Child Protection Information
  181. Carrying out Supplier Due Diligence
  182. Email and retention periods
  183. How Long Should You Keep Personal Data For?
  184. The Education sector now at highest risk of cyber attacks
  185. How to Assess your Data Security
  186. Schools Blocked from Using Facial Recognition Systems
  187. Sharing this year’s Nativity play online
  188. A quick introduction to the Phishing Simulation tool
  189. The Children's Code
  190. Recording vaccination of staff
  191. B&H FoI: Racist/religious incidents/bullying
  192. Cyber Attacks
  193. Protocol for Setting Up and Delivery of Online Teaching and Learning
  194. Class Dojo International Data Sharing
  195. Model Publication Scheme: Amendments, Improvements and Updates
  196. Child friendly privacy notices
  197. Transparency
  198. Parents and students covertly recording conversations
  199. SAR? ER? FOI?
  200. Secure file transfer of files using Royal Mail
  201. Emergency contacts and consent
  202. Key elements of a successful DPIA
  203. FOI Publication Schemes
  204. SHARE: Avoid disinformation online
  205. Best Practice for Managing Photos and Video
  206. New Drip Feeds: Recognise and Respond to Subject Access Request
  207. When to contact the Data Protection Officer?
  208. National child measurement programme
  209. Make sure DPE is your registered DPO with the ICO
  210. Compliance Manager released
  211. Headteacher fined for breach of data protection legislation
  212. Emails – good practice and minimising the risk of a data breach