Free Cyber Security Training for Staff

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October is recognised globally as being the month of national cyber security awareness. 

Last month I alerted you to the warning from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) about the increase in ransomware attacks on educational establishments.

So, now feels a great time to remind you about the NCSC’s cyber security training for staff.  

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre 

As the NCSC points out there is so much cyber security advice available these days, and many of us can find it hard to know where to start and how to make it relevant for staff.

What makes the NCSC’s training so useful is it is easy to use, has been deliberately designed for a non-technical audience (who may have little or no knowledge of cyber security) and it’s free!

It can be accessed here.

What the training covers

It has been recently updated and includes tips that are intended to complement any existing policies and procedures.  

The training introduces why cyber security is important and how attacks happen, and then covers four key areas:

  • defending yourself against phishing attacks
  • using strong passwords
  • securing your devices
  • reporting incidents (‘if in doubt, call it out’)

How long it takes

It takes less than 30 minutes to complete: approx 20 mins for the training and 10 mins for the knowledge check at the end.

Supporting Infographic – Stay Safe Online – top tips for staff

In addition, the core messages from the training have been summarised in a useful infographic, which can be accessed here:

How I can help

Staff awareness and data protection competency is crucial in supporting your school or trust in keeping everyone’s personal data safe.  If you would like any information about how I can support you with this, please see my Training and Consultancy page or you would be welcome to contact me for an informal chat.