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One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems


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Of the U.K. schools audited, 83% have suffered at least one cyberattack.

A cybersecurity audit by the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center and the London Grid for Learning found 21% of surveyed U.K. schools had their computers, networks, or servers hacked by students.

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A cybersecurity audit by the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center and the London Grid for Learning found 21% of 430 U.K. schools had their computers, networks, or servers hacked by students.

Moreover, 83% of U.K. schools have suffered at least one cyberattack, like phishing, malware, and spoofing, while 11% cited unauthorized staff use of computers, networks, or servers. Just 4% noted unauthorized outside use, and 3% admitted to leaks of confidential data from online systems.

More positively, 95% of schools audited reported implementing firewalls, antivirus, data backups, and regular software patches.

Up to 85% of the schools had a cybersecurity plan, yet only 41% had a business continuity plan, and use of strong cybersecurity practices was relatively low.

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