Free Cyber Security Training for School Staff

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Cyber security is a crucial part of safe data protection practice and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has developed a free training package aimed specifically at school staff.  

The training material makes use of real-life case studies to help staff understand how cyber incidents can affect the school environment. 

It then develops four key steps of good cyber hygiene that all staff can follow to help prevent a cyber incident from happening in school:

  • Defend against phishing attempts
  • Use strong passwords
  • Secure devices
  • If in doubt, call it out.

The training is available in 2 formats:

  • a scripted presentation pack for group delivery by schools, which is available on the NCSC website for download
  • a self-learn video for staff to complete by themselves, which is available on YouTube here.  The video runs for just over 30 minutes and at the end there is the opportunity to download a training certificate.  It could easily be included in the induction of any members of new staff, volunteers or governors. 

I think you will find this cyber security training from the NCSC a useful addition to your school/trust’s training programme on safe data protection practice.

For more information on safe cyber security practice aimed at school staff see some of my other News posts, such as:

How Strong are your Passwords

Cyber Security – avoiding phishing attacks