Bett 2020: SonicWall Showcases Cybersecurity Solutions for Educational Institutions

On Jan. 22-25, Bett 2020, the first education technology industry show of the year, will bring together people from more than 146 countries in the global education community under one roof at the ExCeL London. With 800 leading companies, 103 exciting new EdTech startups and over 34,000 attendees, Bett 2020 is a must-attend show in the event calendar for the global EdTech market.

SonicWall will be at the event, showcasing our cybersecurity solutions for educational institutions. The internet is now a central part of student’s learning experience, with students and faculty members at all levels relying on internet access and learning delivery through phones, tablets and laptops. Due to the highly sensitive nature of the data in their systems, education IT infrastructure is a prime target for cybercriminals.

SonicWall at Bett 2020

Stand NM57
Jan. 22-25, 2020 | ExCeL London

Educators are under attack

The last 12 months saw a deluge of ransomware attacks that have taken down schools across the globe. In 2019, the National Cyber Security Centre completed an audit of 432 schools in the UK and found the following.

  • 97% of the surveyed schools said that losing access to network-connected information technology services would cause considerable disruption
  • 83% of the schools had experienced at least one type of cybersecurity incident in the last year
  • Less than half the schools (49%) were confident that they are adequately prepared in the event of a cyberattack

In 99% of the cases where these cybersecurity incidents and concerns were reported, the schools involved had anti-virus and firewall protections in place.

It seems that cybercriminals are not even deterred by a University’s cybersecurity credentials as was seen in the brazen attack on Lancaster University, which offers a GCHQ-accredited degree in security. In July, a malicious phishing attack and subsequent data breach at the University resulted in the leak of over 12,000 prospective student’s personal data. Hackers are increasingly creating sophisticated fake websites for the Universities they target, with Warwick University suffering a similar attack.

It’s not just higher education institutions that are under attack in the UK. In October 2019, a Wakefield secondary school suffered a ransomware attack which forced the schools temporary closure while staff attempted to restore their registering, monitoring and safeguarding systems.

SonicWall: a security leader in the education sector

SonicWall provides cost-effective campus-wide cybersecurity without compromising performance. With SonicWall, IT professionals in the education sector can:

Meet SonicWall at Bett 2020

Take the opportunity at Bett to talk to a SonicWall expert about your cybersecurity needs. Register now for a one to one meeting with the SonicWall education team.

About Bett 2020

This three-day event brings together representatives from over 146 countries, including 800 EdTech leaders, 150 content sessions, and exclusive networking opportunities and business meetings. This show has an international audience, with summit events held in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. To learn more about BETT 2020, or to register for the event, visit https://www.bettshow.com/about-bett.

David Peace
Public Sector Sales Lead, UK | SonicWall
David Peace is responsible for all SonicWall public sector sales and activities in the UK and Ireland. In addition to building and expanding sales activities within the public sector, his responsibilities include supporting customers through digital transformation and helping them understand their current security posture and how to achieve a preferred state. He has more than 15 years of experience in the IT security industry and has held positions in both solutions providers and vendors with a key focus on cyber and cloud security.
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