Cyber security’s primary purpose is to ensure the devices and online services used online for both personal and professional purposes are protected from unauthorised access, theft or damage.

What you need to know

If cyber criminals get into your device or accounts, they could access your money, your personal information, or information about your organisation or school.

Whilst for some cyber security is considered a subject for technical experts there are simple steps that everyone can take to reduce the risk of becoming the victim of cyber criminals. These include creating and using strong passwords, ensuring that devices and software including apps are updated regularly, backing up your data or adding additional protection such as multifactor authentication where possible.

It’s important to be able to recognise the techniques used by cyber criminals to gain access to devices and services such as Phishing. A phishing e-mail is a message which asks users to follow a link to an unknown website which could download malware onto your computer, or steal passwords. Being alert to these techniques is crucial in avoiding a cyber-attack. 

Welsh Government guidance


Cyber security awareness training for school staff

This cyber security training module produced with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for Welsh schools is designed to support school staff to help improve their cyber resilience. 


Phishing - don't be the catch!

Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly more sophisticated. It’s important to understand how you can protect yourself and your school.  

Views from the experts

It was never a dress: the importance of diversity in cyber security

Clare Johnson, Partnerships and Outreach Manager (Digital and STEM), University of South Wales

Why cyber resilience within schools is a concern for the senior leadership team, not the IT department

Symon Kendall, Detective Sergeant at Tarian Regional Cyber Crime Unit

Learning and Teaching resources

Further information