The UK’s cybersecurity agency has issued an alert to schools, colleges and universities about an increase in hacking attempts around the start of the new academic year.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned the education sector to be aware of ransomware attacks and urged organisations to follow their guidance on securing their networks.
The centre says it saw an increase in attempted cyber attacks on education establishments in August, often using ransomware which involves the encrypt of data by cybercriminals who then demand payment in exchange for recovery of the data.
The NCSC has encouraged institutions to take immediate steps such as ensuring all data is backed up and copies are stored offline to prevent data loss in the event of an attack.
As part of the issued alert, the NCSC says it has stepped up support for UK schools, colleges and universities, including