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Improve Your
School Digital
How effectively are you and your colleagues using digital platforms, channels and tools to communicate with your prospective, current and former parents, students and staff? Could you do better?
Following the huge success of the 2016 FORUM attended by 100s of staff from Nurseries, Schools, Colleges & Universities, the 2017 FORUM organised by EMCdigital will be taking place on Thursday 21 September 2017 at the Brighton Dome covering a broad range of key topics including:
• Open Days
• Online Advertising (Search &
Social Media)
• Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
• Social Media
• YouTube (Video)
• Content Strategy
• Podcasting
• Live Streaming
• Reputation Management
• Analytics
Join 200+ staff who have already booked to attend from around the UK & Europe. ‘Early Bird’ discounted tickets are currently available.
Seminars & Workshops Masterclass workshops and seminars will be held on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at the Hilton Metropole Brighton.
Learn from expert trainers and master a key skill you can apply daily to your role in your School or College. (‘Early Bird’ discounted tickets are currently available.)
• ‘Email 101’ and ‘Better Email’.
• ‘Blogging From The Ground Up’
and ‘Website MOT’.
• ‘Personalisation’.
• ‘Conversion Rate Optimisation’.
• ‘Analytics 101’ and ‘Better
Analytics’ (Google & Facebook Insights).
• ‘Social Media 101’.
• ‘Better Social Media’ –
• ‘Infographics’.
• ‘Video Content Works!’
• ‘Podcasting & Audio’.
01980 620575
Schools held to ransom ~ will yours be next?
A considerable number of schools have been the victims of ransomware attacks in the last year. While none was as high pro le as the one last month (May) which affected the NHS, the attacks have caused substantial disruption to student work, remote access facilities, administration and data systems.
Now the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued guidance.
Key messages are:
• Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
• Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
• Create regular backups of your important  les to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.
Limiting the impact of a ransomware attack on schools The following measures can all help to limit the impact of a ransomware attack.
Good access control is important. The compartmentalisation of user privileges can limit the extent of the encryption to just the data owned by the affected user. Re-evaluate permissions on shared network drives regularly to prevent the spreading of ransomware to mapped and unmapped drives. System administrators with high levels of access should avoid using their admin accounts for email and web browsing.
Ransomware doesn’t have to go viral in the school; limit access to your data and  le systems to those with a real need to use them.
This is good practice and prevents
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against a range of cyber attacks.
Have a backup of data. Schools should ensure that they have
fully tested backup solutions in place. Backup  les should not be accessible by machines which are at risk of ingesting ransomware. It is important to remember backups should not be the only protection schools have against ransomware - the adoption of good security practices will mean not getting ransomware in the  rst place.
What to do if your school is infected with ransomware
If you need to know more about ransomware and its effects, or you have a ransomware issue, there
are a number of sources of further advice and guidance:
The National Crime Agency encourages anyone who thinks they may have been subject to online fraud to contact Action
Fraud at www.actionfraud.police. uk. It is a matter for the victim whether to pay the ransom, but the NCA encourages victims not to pay.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) runs a commercial scheme called Cyber Incident Response, where certi ed companies provide crisis support to affected organisations.
The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) offers organisations in the UK a safe portal in which to discuss and share intelligence that can assist the community and raise the UK’s cyber resilience. Members are encouraged to share technical information and indicators of compromise so that the effects of new malware, and particularly ransomware, can be largely reduced.
Includes speci c software patches to use that will prevent uninfected computers on school networks from becoming infected with the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware.
Provides additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect from ransomware.
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