Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This sounds like a significant increase. "The number of incidents involving the disclosure of data reported to the ICO rose to 353 in quarter two of this year, up from 239 during the same period last year and just 26 the year before." This is the interpretation attributed to Mark Orchison, a consultant whose firm 9ine works with schools on data protection. "he is also concerned about a rise in cyber-attacks on schools. Reports of these attacks, which can include malware, phishing and ransomware, have risen by 69 per cent in the past year alone." But what is left a bit opaque in the article is the fact that reporting such breaches is a requirement under GDPL, woth significant penalities for failure to report. It used to be easy for schools to cover up breaches. Not any more. And so now we see the real scale of the problem.

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