Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block systems until a sum of money is paid. Incidents of this kind are on the rise in schools and colleges across the UK so it is important to have the correct protection in place.
Anti-virus software relies on malicious files having been seen before and being assigned a ‘signature’ so that they can be identified and neutralised. However, ransomware is becoming more sophisticated and evolving so rapidly that often variants are being used for the first time and therefore slipping though the net.
The common misconception is that once a ransom is paid you gain access to your systems again. However, the only guaranteed method of being able to regain access to data is an effective, secure, offsite backup regime which enables your school to ‘rewind’ to a date before the compromise occurred.
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