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Ransomware attacks increase on UK education

Ransomware attacks increase on UK education

Cyber criminals are carrying out more and more ransomware attacks on the UK education sectors, warns the official NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre).

The NCSC’s advice includes steps which to take as part of what the arm of GCHQ calls a ‘defence in depth’ strategy, from installing and enabling anti-virus software to having up-to-date and tested off-line back-ups.

Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at the NCSC, said: “Any targeting of the education sector by cyber criminals is completely unacceptable. This is a growing threat and we strongly encourage schools, colleges, and universities to act on our guidance and help ensure their students can continue their education uninterrupted.

“We are committed to ensuring the UK education sector is resilient against cyber threats, and have published practical resources to help establishments improve their cyber security and response to cyber incidents.”

The NCSC previously reported an increase in ransomware attacks on the UK education sector in August and September last year.

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