No stranger to effectively dealing with data breaches, CRIBB Cyber Security attended this popular, bi-annual education policy event. Our goal was to see how data protection was addressed.

The Schools & Academies Show takes place in London’s ExCel in April and again in November at the Birmingham NEC. Attracting more than 8,000 people combined from the education sector, it is the largest of its kind in the UK. Attendees from schools, academies and Central Government visited the November show online, as a virtual event.

The show was a real highlight, “delivering an amazing experience… with… high-level content, pioneering speakers… and leading education suppliers”.

This year’s show assembled a truly impressive list of speakers. The Department for Education, Ofsted and the Labour Party were present to listen and to then share their views. The Daily Telegraph, the Schools Advisory Service, Manchester Metropolitan University and Goldsmiths University of London were also there.

Top Tip for Data Protection

All organisations within the public sector are targets for would-be cyber criminals. We know that data breaches are real and we can help you. Holding personally identifiable information means that you need robust security measures in place. CRIBB Cyber Security is an official Government-backed certification body. We can successfully guide you through security schemes such as Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

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The list of exhibitors was similarly eye-catching. The likes of Crown Commercial Service, MyTutor, Sage UK and YPO were all in attendance.

One of the key points discussed was the Government’s Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA). The RPA provides a cost-effective alternative to commercial insurance. It is open to public sector schools and accessed via the Department for Education sign in account. The cost is £18 per pupil and covers the following:

Material damage, business interruption, employers’ liability, third party liability, governors’ liability, professional indemnity, employee and third party dishonesty, money, personal accident, UK travel, overseas travel including winter sports, legal expenses and cultural assets.

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RPA v’s Data Breaches

One common misconception of the RPA is that it provides cover for cyber breaches – it does not!

As we mentioned in our ‘top tip’ section, data breaches are a growing threat. Technology forms an ever-greater aspect of our personal and professional lives. The RPA is certainly worth considering but our experts believe that it should be supplemented by a framework offering cyber security protection. This is where we can step in for you.

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CRIBB Cyber Security is part of theICEway ecosystem. We always adopt a security by design approach at all times. We have spent years helping clients in the public sector, including those within healthcare and also fire and rescue. Fully qualified and highly experienced, we are only a call away.