Schools more vulnerable to cyber-attack due to 'budget pressures'

Schools escaped the recent global cyber-attack through pure 'luck', warns expert.

 

Budget pressures are "likely" to have left schools more vulnerable to a major cyber-attack, according to a senior figure representing school business managers.

 

The warning from Stephen Morales, chief executive officer of the National Association of School Business Management, follows this week's global cyber-attack, which brought chaos to parts of the NHS but left schools unscathed.

 

He said: "Across the country some schools are ready to defend themselves from future attacks, but it is a mixed picture.  Local authority maintained schools should be supported through LEA contracts, but many will have chosen to go their own way and the quality and robustness of IT support will vary enormously. Academies will bear full responsibility, and again some will be better prepared than others.

 

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