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Wyoming Area School District pays $38,000 to hackers following a ransomware attack.

On October 1, 2019, Wyoming Area School District revealed that ransomware has been affecting its network for weeks, leaving its computers inaccessible. Since school officials were unable to regain access, they had to give in to the demands of the hackers and pay a ransom of $38,000 in Bitcoin. 

The hack occurred in mid-July; students and school officials noticed the incident when they were unable to access course material. Though the school district hired a third-party forensics company to restore access to the system, it was unsuccessful. In the end, they agreed to the ransom demand in exchange for decryption keys. Having been insured in case of events like these, Wyoming Area School District was able to claim $28,000 as insurance damages. School officials are working on improving the security system to prevent future attacks.  

Cybersecurity threats are everywhere, and it's important for your business to be prepared for such incidents. If you want to avoid disasters like these, invest in a tool like DataSecurity Plus that can secure personal data and mitigate ransomware attacks. Download a 30-day, free trial of DataSecurity Plus today.

How ManageEngine can help.

Investing in a ransomware detection tool helps you detect and respond to ransomware attacks in real time to minimize the impact on your organization. Here are some best practices DataSecurity Plus can help you implement to handle ransomware attacks.

  • Detect ransomware with real-time mass access alerts. Monitor the frequency of file modifications by a user, and issue alerts whenever the number of modifications crosses a threshold within a specified time.
  • Quarantine ransomware and shut down infected devices with a customizable and automated response system. Set automated alert responses through the execution of a batch file to respond to mass access alerts.
  • View in-depth details of events for further investigation. Generate customizable, audit-ready reports on all file-related changes, access attempts, and share permissions.

Learn more about the eight best practices that can help you avoid cyberattacks and protect your organization. Start your free, 30-day trial of DataSecurity Plus today.

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