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Further ransomware attacks on education sector

The National Cyber Security Centre is investigating another increase in ransomware attacks against schools, colleges and universities in the UK.

The NCSC has previously highlighted an increase in ransomware attacks on the UK education sector during August/September 2020 and again in February 2021.

The NCSC’s recent campaign emphasises again the need for organisations in the sector to protect their networks to prevent ransomware attacks. The organisation is urging all organisations to follow our guidance on ‘Mitigating malware and ransomware.’ This advice was updated in March 2021 and details a number of steps organisations can take to disrupt ransomware attack vectors and enable effective recovery from ransomware attacks.

The NCSC is also encouraging organisations in the sector to sign up to the Early Warning service. This free NCSC service uses a range of information feeds to notify organisations of malicious activity on submitted domains and IPs.

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