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Secure Shredding and Data Destruction Services for the Education Sector

The education sector is invaluable for the knowledge it provides. But to data thieves, schools, colleges and universities are also invaluable for the confidential information that is stored, on-site and online.

From pupil and employee records, to financial documents, old computers and disused hard drives, schools, colleges and universities are warehouses of sensitive information and data that needs to be protected.

Yet, in Q4 of last year alone, ICO reported 3,263 cyber and non-cyber data breaches. Of which, 383 – or 12.5% of all data breaches – were from the education sector [1].

Since the introduction of GDPR, how institutions collect, store and destroy data is only going to come under increased scrutiny.

Education was hit hard last year.
 

The average global total cost of a data breach
in the education sector is

£3.68M

2019 Cost of a Data Breach - Ponemon Institute

54%

of further and higher education institutions report suffering a data breach or attack at least once a week

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020: Education Institutions Findings Annex

Following a data breach,

82%

of further and higher institutions are negatively impacted, often preventing them from carrying out their day-to-day duties

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020: Education Institutions Findings Annex

Services we typically recommend for the Education Sector.

  • On-Demand Shredding

    Clears out the clutter that can build up when storing confidential records with a one-off shredding service.
  • Media Destruction

    Destroys digital information found on anything from USB drives to CD-ROMS.

Protect your data with our secure shredding services.

Schools, colleges and universities possess thousands of records of personal information – whether it’s confidential data on students, employees, or financial records. How your information is collected, stored, handled and destroyed can make-or-break your institution’s reputation.

But in an industry that is entrusted with the responsibility to protect its pupils, the reality is that many information breaches occur because of employee error, negligence or poor judgement. In fact, 24% of all data breaches are said to be caused as a result of employee error [5].

You may be doing everything you can, but one employee accidentally placing a school report into the recycling can undo everything. So, with a quarter of risk stemming from inside your organisation, you need to ensure your employees know how to confidently identify, handle and securely dispose of confidential information.
 

Don't risk an information breach

Any department that creates, collects, handles, stores and disposes of private and confidential information has legal requirements and regulations governing that data. Whether it’s employee documents, financial reports, or information about individual pupils, the laws designed to protect personal privacy come with strict rules and strong fines. We can help you stay compliant.

If you create, collect, or dispose of these types of documents, you and your organisation could be at-risk for an information breach ––

  • Student information
  • Class lists and emergency contact numbers
  • Financial Assistance Applications
  • Business Financial Statements
  • Tax Filings and Internal Audits
  • Development Plans and Forecasts
  • Employee Addresses
  • HR Records

GDPR compliance: don’t become a statistic.

Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, reported data breaches have surged by two-thirds, resulting in significant fines and subsequent reputational damage [6].

41% of UK consumers claim they will never return to an organisation that has had a data breach [6].

Ensure GDPR compliance, avoid fines and protect the reputation of your school, college or university with our world-class paper shredding and data destruction services.
 

[1] – Information Commissioner’s Office
[5] – Information Commissioner’s Office
[6] – Business Wire

 

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