Schools: Internet

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make representations to (a) Wikihow and (b) YouTube on the content hosted on their sites on how to hack into school websites and servers.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Government does not censor or interfere with legal content online. If online content is deemed illegal, it is a matter for law enforcement to investigate.

However, cyber security is a top priority for the Government. We are investing £1.9 billion in the national cyber security strategy and have opened the National Cyber Security Centre which is working with public and private sector organisations to make the UK the safest place for online activity.

All organisations should have good basic cyber security measures in place, such as the Government's Cyber Essentials scheme, which protects against common vulnerabilities, which are widely reported online, and will not be specific to schools. They should also ensure they have appropriate protections in place for sensitive data such as personal details.

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