Recently, a secondary school in Chippenham, Wiltshire, fell victim to a ransomware attack that impacted its IT network. Hardenhuish School confirmed the attack and announced that hackers gained unauthorized access to their network infrastructure and demanded a ransom in exchange for restored access. While the school did not confirm whether the ransom was paid, they stated that they were doing everything in their power to restore access to their systems.
Unfortunately, this incident highlights the vulnerability of the education sector to cyber threats. Due to limited IT resources, schools are often seen as soft targets for cybercriminals. Ransomware attacks, in particular, can lead to school closures and ultimately affect the education of children. Moreover, parents may have to stay home to care for their children, leading to business disruptions.
At Armoryze we recommend that schools implement advanced security controls to detect and resolve security issues quickly. Zero trust security and network segmentation is another critical security control that limits malware movement and minimizes the impact of breaches. By prioritizing cybersecurity measures and investing in the necessary resources, schools can reduce the risk of falling victim to a cyber-attack and ensure a safe and secure learning environment for their students.
It's important for institutions to refrain from giving in to ransom demands since paying the ransom does not guarantee the return of stolen data and only funds future attacks. The Hardenhuish school attack is just one of many recent incidents in the education sector. A recent audit by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found that 78% of UK schools had experienced at least one type of cyber-incident. We encourage schools to take action to protect their networks and students' data.
At Armoryze, we offer comprehensive cybersecurity solutions tailored to the needs of educational institutions. Our team of experts can help you assess your current security posture, identify vulnerabilities, and implement advanced security controls to keep your systems safe and secure. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you protect your school from cyber threats.