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Juniper Education partners with Secure Schools to prepare and protect schools from cyber-attacks

16th April 2021: Juniper Education has today announced a partnership with Secure Schools to provide schools with a one-stop platform for school cyber security governance, risk, and compliance.

At a time when schools and trusts are having to meet extraordinary challenges, the move will mean Juniper Education can better support schools and trusts with cyber security audit reviews as part of its internal scrutiny programme. Now that both financial and non-financial risks require assessment as part of a trust’s Internal Scrutiny Programme including a cyber security review provides trusts with an independent, expert assessment on its cyber risks and action plans to improve cyber resilience.

With many school staff and pupils working from home or remote learning, there have been increased levels of cyber related fraud over the past twelve months so a cyber security review could not be more relevant.

The partnership brings Secure Schools into Juniper’s existing offering of software and solutions used by more than 10,000 primary and secondary schools, academies and trusts which includes advanced pupil assessment tracking tools, an innovative management information system (MIS) and an integrated suite of subscription-based education software and services that support schools and multi-academy trusts in the delivery of education.

Gavin Freed, chairman of Juniper Education, said:

“Juniper are delighted to partner with Secure Schools to enable them to actively manage cyber security risk and ensure that every school is fulfilling its duties and responsibilities.  Through dynamic training, attack simulations and a robust internal scrutiny programme, Juniper and Secure Schools are able to give the highest level of assurance.  The recent Cyber Risk pilot scheme launched by the DfE is testament to how important managing cyber security risk is for the education sector.”

Secure Schools establish the level at which your school or trust is fulfilling its duties and responsibilities concerning cybersecurity with a set of standards including expectations set by UK government agencies. The sources and schemes that have been combined to create the standard for the review are; Department for Education (DfE), Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and IASME Consortium.

Paul Alberry, co-founder and CEO of Secure Schools, said:

“We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the team at Juniper who are offering a comprehensive education support service. The UK education sector is being increasingly targeted with cyber-attacks – incorporating cyber security audit reviews within Juniper’s wider internal scrutiny programme is an effective way of managing cyber risk and building resilience.”

In 2019-2020, Secure Schools was selected for the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Accelerator programme which was launched to support the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

For further information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Lisa Robinson, Head of Marketing, Juniper Education.

[email protected]

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Juniper Education

Juniper Education’s aim is to increase the effectiveness of schools, improve outcomes for learners and give teachers back more child-time. The organisation provides primary and secondary schools with software to bring pupil assessment, attendance, behaviour data and more together into one system. Juniper Education also offers services to support schools with their financial management, teacher training, HR, governance, compliance, and school visits planning. The company is backed by Horizon Capital, a leading investor in high-growth technology and business service companies.