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All members of the school community can implement measures to protect their home computers and the integrity of school and personal files when used outside the school network.

e-security is the process of ensuring that electronic information is:

  • kept safe from corruption
  • kept safe from malicious attack
  • effectively protected to prevent unauthorised access.

Generally, school networks are underpinned by e-security measures recommended by local education authorities. These measures aim to minimise security risks to computers on school networks.

Consequences of poor e-security

Computers that are not adequately protected against online threats can potentially:

  • compromise the operating system, enabling a remote attacker to control the computer’s functions
  • provide access to sensitive personal information
  • be unintentionally exposed to viruses, via email, USB sticks or file downloads
  • corrupt files leading to information loss.

Managing the risks

Schools can help students manage the risks associated with poor e-security by:

Useful websites

Budd:e
The Stay Smart Online website hosts the Budd:e Cybersecurity Education package, designed to raise cybersecurity awareness of primary and secondary school students. The Budd:e Cybersecurity Education Package consists of two activity-based learning modules, one for primary and one for secondary school students.
Visit: www. budd-e.staysmartonline.gov.au/

Stay Smart Online
The Australian Government’s cybersecurity website provides information for Australian internet users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.
Visit: http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/

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