Education targeted Ransomware attacks

Schools are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals. The latest approach is for the criminals to ring the school claiming to be from the Department of Education (remember it's the Department for Education) and asking for the email details for the head teacher/ finance administrator. The fraudsters then claim that they need to send guidance forms to the head teacher (these so far have varied from exam guidance to mental health assessments). The scammers on the phone will claim that they need to send these documents directly to the head teacher and not to a generic school inbox, using the argument that they contain sensitive information. The emails will include an attachment – a .zip file (potentially masked as an Excel or Word document). This attachment will contain ransomware, that once downloaded will encrypt files and demand money (up to £8000) to recover the files.

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Copy Cat! Copy Cat!

Images are important in education. They are used to illustrate teaching points, clarify information and inspire. Images convey emotions, capture the imagination and express powerful ideas. And we use a lot of images in schools. 

Generally, we glean these images from the various websites, aided and abetted by Google (other search engines are available). After discarding those that are in appropriate and of poor quality most searchers are still faced with hundreds if not thousands of free images to use as they see fit.

Except that these images are not free for us to use however we like. Just like images, videos, pieces of music and text in the physical world, online or virtual resources are covered by copyright. And using copyright materials in school could lead to prosecution and a hefty fine! 

 

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Play Like Share - New Online Sexual Exploitation Resource CEOP

Primary teachers and professionals can today access a contemporary education resource pack to teach eight to ten-year-olds to stay safe online.

Developed by the education specialists at the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command, the Play Like Share resources include three animations which follow Sam, Alfie and Ellie as they form a band, Selfie, to take on the mean but cool Popcorn Wizards in their school’s battle of the bands competition.

On their journey to school super-stardom, Selfie learn just how troublesome an online fanbase can be as unscrupulous rivals use their online anonymity to derail the band’s rise to the top.

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Essential online safety

 

E2BN provides E-Safety advice and guidance to teachers, school staff, Governors and parents/carers because keeping children safe is as much, if not more, about education as it is about technology. It’s vitally important that children know how to behave online, what is and isn’t acceptable, how to manage the risks and where to go for help if things go wrong.

What E2BN Offers:

Ad hoc Online Safety Advice - Sometimes all a school needs is a quick chat on the telephone or a short email exchange, we are happy to provide this sort of advice as part of our service to E2BN member schools. 

School Based INSET - Sessions for school Staff, Governors and as well as separate sessions for parents that address a range of Online Safety concerns. Sessions can be customised to the needs of individual schools. E2|BN also provides CEOP Online safety training

Online Safety Conference - Annual one day Online Safety Conference.

360 Safe - Many schools are now using the multi-award winning 360 Safe schools self-review online tool to develop an action plan to bring about improvements. It is free to use – sign up here www.360safe.org.uk. E2BN staff are accredited assessors for 360 Safe

Content and Web Filtering - E2BN's Protex is an Ofsted compliant age appropriate filtering system that puts you in control of your pupils access to the Internet. Staff and pupils have different filtering profiles - an essential feature for schools and recommended by Ofsted. The Protex service enables your academy or school to tailor the filtering to your own policies.

The Protex filtering system available from E2BN is already providing safe and secure Internet access to over 600,000 learners and library users. 

 

P4s5w0rds

  • a string of characters that allows access to a computer, interface, or system.
  • a secret word or phrase that must be used to gain admission to a place.

A password is the most common way to prove your identity. The use of a strong password is essential to ensure your privacy and security. And yet so many of us use the same weak, guessable, easily crackable password for everything. Having to remember dozens of different, long passwords containing a random mix of characters, numbers and upper and lower case letters is difficult – impossible even. So we choose dictionary words often that have meaning for us – maybe the place where we were born, a pet’s name or our favourite football team - chelsea.

Then, either because the system says that we must use a capital letter and a number to make the password stronger, or because we think we are cunning, we substitute some letters for numerals – ‘a’ looks a bit like a 4, an ‘e’ like a 3 so we get Ch3lsea.

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