Data and securityCyber SecurityHousing associations collaborate around cyber awareness

Housing associations collaborate around cyber awareness

Four of the UK’s leading housing associations have recently completed work on a sector specific cyber and GDPR awareness course for housing staff at all levels

Four of the UK’s leading housing associations have recently completed work on a sector specific cyber and GDPR awareness course for housing staff at all levels.

Working with Matobo, the production company behind the BBC’s cyber and GDPR awareness training, ‘Dojo: Housing’ is the first focused cyber training to be available to the UK housing sector.

Network Homes, Gentoo, The Guinness Partnership and Plymouth Community Homes were brought together by CC2i – a public sector collaboration platform – to co-fund and co-design the series, ensuring maximum relevance to housing staff.

The collaboration was a direct extension of work undertaken in local government, which last year saw 10 councils – again brought together by CC2i and working with Matobo – make a local government specific awareness series: Dojo: Local Government.

Dojo: Housing Modules cover:

  • Cyber Security & GDPR Matters
  • What Is Personal Data?
  • Handling Personal Data
  • Passwords
  • Scams
  • Social Media
  • Internet Security
  • Online Services & File Sharing
  • Email Accounts
  • Portable Devices & Apps
  • Offline Security
  • We’re Here To Help

Paul Sandersfield Head of Data Governance at Gentoo said: “Collaborating with other similar minded Housing Associations has resulted in a high quality cyber awareness training package tailored to our needs.

“It covers everything we need to provide our staff including modules for the new Data Protection/GDPR requirements, and will save us significant time and resource in delivering consistent training and awareness to help with the fight against ever increasing cyber risk.”

Phil Reynolds Head of IT at Plymouth Community Homes added: “We create our own PCH-specific videos to improve staff self-learning and support, but we did not want to reinvent the wheel, so joined the consortium to get a better targeted result for less effort and cost.”

Since launching in January, Dojo: Local Government has been taken up by a further 55 councils, a health version is being rolled out across NHS Wales and a business version has been commissioned by the Electoral Commission.

It is hoped that Dojo: Housing will follow a similar path, with the housing association input really having an impact on staff engagement and awareness, encouraging others to commission the training, leading to a more cyber secure sector.

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