Midlands’ schools receive free cybersecurity advice

Last updated on: January 15, 2019, Author: Editorial Team

Shropshire-based IT specialist, Bespoke Computing, is helping schools across the region to protect against intrusive and costly cyber attacks this year, while at the same time also raising vital funds for the schools, their PTAs and other charities.

Bespoke Computing, which provides business technology and communications support to a range of businesses and organisations, teamed up with security software experts ESET UK and Shropshire Chamber of Commerce to host a free event for schools, which took place at Trevithick House, Stafford Park. Representatives from ESET briefed school business managers, headteachers and PTA members on a range of affordable measures that they can implement to help improve the security of their schools’ computer systems.

Experts have warned that cyber attacks are one of the biggest threats facing schools, with recent research highlighting that a fifth of educational establishments have already been hit, and Chris Pallett, Managing Director of Bespoke Computing, commented: “We all know that school budgets are being stretched left, right and centre and it’s the same for many charities such as PTAs but unfortunately cyber security is an issue they cannot afford to overlook.

“Hackers are looking for any opportunity they can and due to the sensitive nature of information held by schools and their PTAs they are often prime targets. Our event was a win win for schools – a fantastic way to raise additional funds when budgets are tight as well as improving day-to-day security within the school environment.”

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