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Defining the scope of your Cyber Essentials submission

  Defining the scope of your Cyber Essentials assessment will be difficult. Ideally it should to be done right at the beginning of the process and should apply to the whole organisation. Most likely though, it will develop as the answers to the section questions are collected and developed, and determining if mitigation is required […]

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Starting along the road to attaining Cyber Essentials accreditation

  Cyber Essentials (CE) is a base level security accreditation that demonstrates a security posture that is compliant the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recommended guidelines for small to medium enterprises (SME). It allows funders, customers and staff to have confidence that organisational policy, processes, user practices and IT infrastructure provide a risk assessed and […]

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Cyber Essentials requirement for ESFA funding, the story so far.

  The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) had initially amended the contract for those who receive that funding to attain the ISO27001 Information Security Management certification. Jisc and the AoC made representations citing that the scale of work, redirection of resource and the very short time frame was an unrealistic expectation for the sector.  […]

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Transforming the business: A Jisc Information Strategy Blog by David Reeve

Over the last few months our small information strategy team has been starting to deliver on the transformational enterprise information strategy and its principles of; being safe with our information, being smarter with our information and using the right tools, policies and processes to deliver on the other two principles.  The team has been applying […]

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The past, present and future of Freedom of Information in Higher Education

The results of the 11th annual information legislation and management survey were published last week. They show that for the first time since the survey’s beginnings in 2005 the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests that Higher Education institutions (HEIs) receive has slightly decreased from a yearly average of 218 per institution in 2014 […]