Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), a group of academies that have formed an association, are increasingly more common across the UK.  

Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) which refers to a group of learning academies that have formed an association, have become increasingly common in the United Kingdom. This is due in part to the Government’s plan to encourage most schools to join a MAT by 2030 as outlined in the 2022 Schools White Paper, “Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child”. 

With this, the government is pushing the education landscape to become more competitive as academy trusts optimize their processes and technology.  

However, as MATs onboard new academies this can bring some IT challenges that stem from the need to merge IT infrastructure, reduce costs, centralize services, migrate data, and manage technical changes across multiple schools within a trust.  

The challenges:  

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In today’s hyperconnected world, AI has revolutionized the way we work. But as more and more information and data flows seamlessly, cyberthreats are becoming ever-more sophisticated and traditional cybersecurity measures are no longer sufficient.

Cyberattacks are on the rise, and although on one hand, threats have become more sophisticated due to advancements in AI and Machine Learning (ML), AI has also become an indispensable tool in cybersecurity. This is due to its ability to analyse vast amounts of data, detect anomalies, and adapt to evolving threats in real-time.

AI revolutionising cybersecurity

Benefits of using AI in Cybersecurity:

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) have multiple applications in cybersecurity to make threat detection and prevention strategies more robust and effective. Some benefits of their use include:

Phishing detection and prevention

AI powered algorithms can detect email phishing by analysing vast amount of data to thwart phishing attacks. ML models can be trained to flag suspicious details of the mail such as the sender’s address, links and attachments and the language used in the message to determine if it is from a trustworthy source or not.

Password protection

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Summary

In this four-part blog series, we will discuss the importance of cyber security in digital transformation, types of cyber security threats, security challenges, and how you can improve your cyber security practices to overcome them.   


Digital transformation and security challenges

Digital transformation has undoubtedly been accelerated in recent years due to the pandemic. The rise of hybrid, digital-forward working environments has forced companies to re-evaluate their digital strategies and invest in new technology. However, as companies transition to more digital systems, cyber security must remain a top priority. 

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