Between 2016 and 2017, 60% of schools that were affected by Ransomware paid a ransom to retrieve their data from hackers. Here are 5 ways you can help safeguard your school from Ransomware threats:
1.) Make a Plan and Spread Awareness
School districts should develop (and maintain) a plan to protect their data. Once a plan is in place, it is crucial to make sure that Faculty, Staff and the students all understand the plan and effectively implement it.
2.) Train Digital Citizenship
Train your Faculty, Staff and Students digital citizenship best practices. For example, teach them how to spot and report phishing threats, how to spot dangerous emails, and how to detect suspicious links or attachments.
3.) Have a Security Audit Completed
After an audit is completed to ensure any vulnerabilities are removed, ensure those who are conducting the security audit are using methods that will prevent attacks from hitting your network.
4.) Maintain your Network
Keep your network clean by keeping up-to-date on patches and updates to software and operating systems. Create and review audit logs for any events that seem suspicious.
5.) Develop a Backup Schedule
Backup, Backup, Backup. Use a cloud-based backup to ensure your data is safe, and develop a schedule to ensure you’re backing up your data on a regular basis.
(Story via EdTech Magazine)