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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
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
Learning and Teaching resources
- Cyber Aware NCSC
- NCSC Education and Skills
- Action Fraud the UK’s National reporting centre for cyber crime
- Check a website an easy-to-use online tool which helps you to determine whether a website is likely to be legitimate or a scam before you visit it