Security of ICT systems

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Security of ICT Systems– Keep safe!




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TASK 2 (P2)

In the second part, describe what a school/company needs to do to meet the current legislation and protect their data and ICT system.

For this you need to list the current laws (short summary) and explain how to conform to them in the school context.

Computer Misuse Act (1990)

The Computer Misuse Act became law in August 1990. Under the Act hacking and the introduction of viruses are criminal offences. Universities and colleges need to co-operate to take action under the Act as the offences are likely to be committed by members of universities and colleges, students in particular, and are often perpetrated on machines or networks within the sector. For offences committed within the higher education sector institutions may wish to use the speedier process of internal disciplinary measures rather than resort to the law. The aim of this Guidance is to ensure that universities recognize the seriousness of these offences and to encourage a greater degree of common practice in dealing with the people who carry out these actions, whether action is taken under the criminal law or through the use of disciplinary procedures.


The Copyright, Design and Patents Act (1988)

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, is the current UK copyright law. It gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the right to control the ways in which their material may be used. The rights cover: Broadcast and public performance, copying, adapting, issuing, renting and lending copies to the public. In many cases, the creator will also have the right to be identified as the author and to object to distortions of his work.

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Data Protection Act (1998)

  • Personal data must be obtained fairly and lawfully. The data subject should be informed of who the data controller is (the institution); who the data controller’s representative is; the purpose or purposes for which the data are intended to be processed; and to whom the data will be disclosed. For students this is done by the University during registration. Personal data processing may only take place if specific conditions have been met- these include the subject having given consent or the processing being necessary for the legitimate interests of the ...

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