Protecting Your School from Ransomware

What is Ransomware – Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to data or threatens to publish it until a ransom is paid. An advanced Ransomware attack uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion, in which it encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them

Recent threat – With Ransomware attacks on the rise year on year, it is something that all schools will need to protect themselves against. Schools have been particularly hit recently with the ransomware software, usually disguised as invoices or educational resources that are sent via email, although other methods are also possible.

Due to the nature of a ransomware attack, anti-virus software may detect it but will not be able to remove or recover the encrypted files, so….

What can you do to protect your school?

Sophos have released Intercept X that specifically targets ransomware infections. It allows the infection to be identified, tracked, removed and then all data recovered. An explanation of the software from Sophos themselves can be seen here.

Next steps for protection – Speak with your technician, or call the office on 01604 286682 about getting a quote for Intercept X. The software can either run alongside your existing anti-virus software, if you are using another provider or be linked in and managed with your current Sophos anti-virus. The latter will require a migration of your Sophos data, to their new cloud based management, which we can arrange for you.

The EasiPC Team