With the changes to the Privacy Act (December 2020) and the growing cyber security risks, it is essential that schools and Boards understand their obligations and are aware of any privacy or security risks in their schools. A minimum a school needs a documented security and risk assessment plan that articulates the risks and what actions the school will take to safeguard staff, data, student privacy, etc. Actions may include policy enforcement, training, technology changes, or acknowledging that the school is aware of the risks.
At a recent CES event on privacy, Kathryn Dalziel a Privacy expert referred to the importance of privacy and cyber security as that bestowed to Health and Safety.
CES can help. We understand that to many this will be daunting and an unfamiliar topic. To help we can provide independent advice and guidance to assist schools. We have partnered with Digital Journey to provide this specialist guidance.
We have negotiated a special cost to provide these services. The costs are:
- Privacy and Security Assessment – ranges from $2500 to $3500 per school. Including an on-site (when possible) assessment and report.
- Online Privacy Review – $1500, including an online review and report on recommendations.
We have two options available to assist you:
1. Privacy & Security Risk Assessment
An independent review on the privacy and security practices in place at the School. This includes assessing:
Vendor and student data privacy, password management, networking access, policy provision, staff awareness on threats and protecting IT assets. Assessment is based on ISO 27002 security standard but modified for schools.
A report will be produced following the assessment (with no tech jargon) that provides a traffic-light assessment on key risks and what you can do to reduce these risks. This can be presented to your Board and serve as a clear plan for the school to follow.
2. Online Privacy Controls
Alternatively one of the biggest areas we see schools struggle with is maintaining privacy online. We can help here by completing an online review on how the school is sharing information (like on Facebook) and maintaining student privacy across communications channels, search results and websites. This includes an online website vulnerability assessment to provide reassurance that your school site and data are safe.