The NCSC issued advice to the education sector at the end of last week on the growing threat from ransomware attacks targeting the sector. We copy a link to the report below:
The education sector has long been a target for criminals and state actors. Not only do educational institutions hold personally identifiable data (a juicy target of acquisition for any criminal gang), they also generate significant intellectual property and valuable information connected to research and development, as well as interesting access points. In the late 1980s, for example, the Russian Intelligence cyber operation codenamed Moonlight Maze identified and exploited US universities’ online vulnerabilities to gain access to intelligence on Department of Defence requirements.
The NCSC Alert provides excellent advice on how to mitigate the threat from ransomware. Getting ahead of the attacker is critical and that means ensuring that you make it as difficult as possible for them to get onto your network. Basic measures go a long way to deterring the vast majority of would-be attackers.
Remember the following:
• be aware of suspicious emails or texts and don’t click on links unless you are sure
• use a strong password
• activate MFA on your accounts.
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