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San Bernardino City Unified School District affected by ransomware.

On October 20, 2019, San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) announced on its Twitter account that it was hit by a ransomware. The attack disrupted employees’ access to files, emails, and connectivity to Wi-Fi, so the SBCUSD is resorting to paper to carry out day-to-day activities.

The aftermath.

School officials notified law enforcement regarding the cyberattack as soon as it was identified on October 19. SBCUSD officials announced, "Student and parent data is secure. Nutrition Services and transportation are not impacted. Attendance will be completed manually. School phone lines are working; however, email communications with teachers and staff will not be possible until the situation is resolved.” SBCUSD has not released any information regarding the extent of breach. However, they confirmed that students' personal information has not been breached since that content is hosted on an unaffected third-party platform. The SBCUSD has 72 schools with nearly 53,000 students. 

Recently, Wyoming Area School District had to pay $38,000 to hackers following a ransomware attack that disrupted its services for weeks. 

Cybersecurity threats are everywhere, and it's important for institutions to be prepared. If you want to avoid disasters like these, invest in a tool like ManageEngine's DataSecurity Plus that can secure your 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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