Elevating cybersecurity in education: ADNS Group's take on KCSIE 2023 changes
5th Sep 2023 In News By ADNS IT Expert

At ADNS Group, our unwavering commitment to cybersecurity, safeguarding, and responsible data management aligns seamlessly with our vision of a secure digital learning environment. With the recent updates to the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) framework, we are excited to shed light on these changes and their profound impact, especially with the heightened focus on cybersecurity.

From 'consider' to 'must':

One of the pivotal shifts in the KCSIE framework revolves around the change in language from 'consider' to 'must' when it comes to meeting cyber security standards. The previous norm allowed schools to evaluate the significance of cybersecurity measures. However, the new directive mandates schools to adhere to these standards without compromise.

Empowering schools to act:

With the KCSIE 2023 taking effect from September 1st, schools now have a clear mandate to enhance their cybersecurity measures. This shift underlines the gravity of safeguarding student data and fostering a secure digital realm for students and staff alike.

The framework of cyber security standards:

The newly embraced cyber security standards for schools and colleges provide a comprehensive roadmap to protect educational institutions from the evolving landscape of cyber threats, including malware, phishing, and ransomware attacks. Following these standards doesn't just bolster schools' resilience to cyber-attacks; it ensures the sanctity of students' sensitive information.

The key areas these standards cover include:

Filtering and monitoring: Schools need to have robust filtering and monitoring systems in place to shield students from harmful online content. These systems should effectively block access to explicit, violent, racist, hateful, abusive, and illegal content. They should also facilitate tracking online activities to promptly address any concerns.

Staff training: All staff members are now required to undergo training in online safety, ensuring they grasp the risks and understand how to ensure student safety. The training encompasses recognizing and reporting concerns, utilising filtering and monitoring systems, and fostering open conversations with students about online safety.

Policies and procedures: The KCSIE 2023 emphasises the necessity for schools to maintain a comprehensive policy on online safety. This policy should articulate the expectations for student behaviour online and establish protocols for reporting and investigating concerns. Regular updates ensure alignment with emerging risks.

Harnessing the power of technology:

ADNS Group stands at the forefront, offering products and services that harmonise seamlessly with the KCSIE 2023 cybersecurity mandates. Our cutting-edge solutions, including Netsupport and Classroom Cloud, are updated to align with the new regulations, offering schools robust tools to amplify their cybersecurity and online safety measures.

How we can help:

With the dawn of KCSIE 2023, the paradigm has shifted: cybersecurity isn't a choice; it's a necessity. At ADNS Group, we're fully invested in supporting schools on this journey towards fortified digital security. By embracing the new cybersecurity standards and utilising the technology we offer, educational institutions can create a digital haven where students can explore, learn, and thrive without the looming shadows of cyber threats. 

Contact us today and take the next steps in keeping children safe online. Together, we embark on a mission to safeguard the future of education through the power of cybersecurity.