The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has today issued an alert to the entire education sector over fears that institutions’ cybersecurity is at risk, prompted by the rise in online schooling during the pandemic.
Cybersecurity wonks at the NCSC, which is part of the intelligence agency GCHQ, are increasing the support available for UK schools, colleges, and universities in handling online attacks.
It comes after a spate of attacks with the potential to de-rail preparations for the new term hit educational institutions over the summer.
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The alert urged schools and universities to take immediate steps such as ensuring data is backed up and also stored on copies offline.
“This criminal targeting of the education sector, particularly at such a challenging time, is utterly reprehensible,” said Paul Chichester, director of operations at the