Information security and data protection are important issues for schools, MATs, colleges and other organisations. It is important that policies and practices around managing personal data are clear and well understood.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 set out the data protection rules relating to the processing of personal data.
The GDPR defines how organisations (including schools, MATs and colleges) can store, use and send information relating to data subjects (including children, parents, staff).
Data Protection Guidance
The SWGfL GDPR Guidance provides advice and guidance to help schools, MATs and colleges better manage personal data, and should be used alongside policies and practices already in place.
It is intended to assist schools, MATs and colleges with understanding the GDPR and with identifying steps that can be taken to improve data protection; it is not intended to provide legal advice and schools, MATs and colleges should seek their own legal advice when considering the management of Personal Data in alignment with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
Data Protection Resources
Access the SWGfL GDPR Guidance using the links below.
Data Protection Products and Services
What is a Computer Virus?
A virus is a type of malicious software (or 'malware').
Types of Malware
A list of different types of malware, including ransomware, virus, and worm.
Protect Systems and Data from Malware
Key steps to protect systems and data from malware infections
Latest Security Threats
The latest security threats
Formjacking is an attack on a website to covertly gather sensitive user details
Ransomware is an attack method that encrypts systems and demands payment to restore them
Threats: Targeted Attacks
Automated cyber attacks have been popular for some years. However, there is a growing trend in more targeted attacks
An online self review tool, designed to help schools and SMEs review their posture, policies and procedures around data protection and information security.
TLS/SSL Certificates from Certifcate Authority QuoVadis for Schools
Ransomware White Paper October 2018
This document provides an overview of the guidance from SWGfL as well as signposts to products and services that can help
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