Cyber Insurance
for Education

Protect your education establishment from the consequences of a data breach or cyber attack with indemnification against cyber & data losses.

Cyber Insurance for Education

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Critical Cyber Response for Educators

As a school or academy there are so many risks senior management need to consider but with the sensitive data and expected control of the students information, a cyber insurance policy is a key risk that every education provider should not overlook.
Education providers now rely heavily on email or technology to communicate with staff, pupils, parents, and suppliers as well as requiring computer systems and file-sharing applications to carry out parts or all of the education being delivered. Any data breach or cyber attack could be catastrophic and lead to vital resources being diverted away from educating to loss prevention.
Cyber insurance is about more than just financial compensation; it's about resilience. It provides policyholders with access to expert support in the aftermath of a cyber incident, helping them to not only recover but also to build stronger defences for the future. This support is invaluable in ensuring that schools can continue educating with minimal disruption.

Cyber Threats to Education

With technology now a central part of learning and administration, understanding cyber threats is paramount. It's like navigating a new, exciting city that has its own set of challenges.
Phishing Attacks
These deceptive practices involve sending fraudulent emails or messages that mimic legitimate sources, aiming to steal sensitive information such as login credentials or financial details. Educators and students, often communicating extensively via digital channels, are prime targets. These scams can lead to unauthorised access to educational databases, compromising personal and financial data.
Ransomware Attacks
Cyber criminals deploy malicious software that encrypts an institution's data, rendering it inaccessible until a ransom is paid. These attacks disrupt educational processes by locking out access to critical digital resources, including learning materials and administrative records. The financial and operational impact on educational institutions can be substantial, requiring considerable resources to resolve.
Data Breaches
Data breaches in educational settings typically involve unauthorised access to sensitive information, ranging from student records to financial data. The implications are far-reaching, including potential identity theft, financial loss, and damage to the institution's reputation.
Insider Threats
Sometimes, the risks originate from within the institution. Insider threats can be unintentional, like an employee mistakenly sharing sensitive data, or intentional, involving malicious actions by staff or students. These threats highlight the need for comprehensive security protocols and regular training for all members of staff.
Each of these threats underscores the need for robust cyber protection. As education evolves with technology, the importance of understanding and mitigating cyber threats cannot be overstated. Cyber insurance provides a crucial layer of protection, offering support and resources to navigate these challenges and maintain a secure, uninterrupted educational experience.

How Cyber Insurance Helps

In 2021, a school's bursar fell victim to a phishing email, revealing parents' emails. The fraudster, masquerading as the bursar, targeted overseas parents with a deceptive tuition discount, causing a £60,300 loss for six parents. Their insurer covered most losses under their cyber crime section. Fortunately, the breach primarily involved financial aspects, avoiding the exposure of sensitive information. Nonetheless, this highlights the importance of robust cybersecurity measures and insurance to protect educational institutions from evolving threats.

What Does Cyber Insurance Cover?

Breach Response

Any business holding personal information is at risk of a data breach, be it from an external cyber-attack to a simple employee error such as sharing a confidential document with the wrong party or losing a company device lick as laptop or USB stick.

Legal & Regulatory costs

From the costs of complying with a regulatory investigation following the loss of client data, such as the ICO or the payment card industry (PCI), to claims from third parties, legal and regulatory expenses can rapidly escalate following a cyber event. Our cyber policy is here to pick up these costs and provide you with the specialists in these legal areas to fully support and defend your business.

Business Interruption

Cyber induced business interruption can strike at any time and be very costly to a business or organisation. An interruption to the IT network or systems can quickly escalate into a threat to a business. From sophisticated external threats, such as ransomware or distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a website, to simple operator error such as unplugging the wrong server or a system crash when updating.

Hacking & Cyber Extortion

If hackers gain access to your data or systems, a cyber insurance policy will pay to put right any damage, corruption or misuse of your computer systems or programmes that has occurred. The policy covers recovery of copied or stolen programmes and repairing data held electronically. Should the business suffer a ransomware attack or a denial of service (DoS) attack, the policy will look to provide a solution for the business.

Cyber Crime

Cover for common cyber attacks used by organised cyber criminals such as phishing, ransomware and malware. This includes electronic transfer of your funds as a result of a data breach breach or social engineering, including costs incurred should you suffer telephone hacking.

Data Restoration

Should a cyber or data incident occur it's normally vital to restore lost or corrupted data. This is an important process but expensive. Specialists assist you with trying to restore any lost data or fix systems damaged by a cyber attack.


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