Securing the Gates: How Universities Can Shield Themselves Against Ransomware

With recent reports from the BBC highlighting a series of ransomware attacks on UK universities, the question is not if, but when, your institution will be targeted.

In this blog, we delve into the nuances of ransomware threats in higher education and how Intergence, in partnership with Sophos, provides robust defences to keep your academic data safe.


Understanding the Threat

Ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files and demands a ransom for their release, has become increasingly sophisticated.

Universities are prime targets due to the rich personal and research data they hold.

A successful attack can lead to significant operational disruptions and financial losses, as well as damage to the institution’s reputation.


Recent Trends

According to a recent BBC report, ransomware attacks in educational sectors are rising, with hackers exploiting vulnerabilities in IT systems.

These attacks not only jeopardise student and faculty data but also disrupt learning and administrative operations, making an effective cybersecurity strategy a necessity rather than a luxury.


Intergence’s Approach

Our SOC-as-a-Service, enhanced by Sophos technology, offers comprehensive monitoring, detection, and response capabilities to combat ransomware.

This service ensures that potential threats are identified and neutralised before they can cause harm, while also adhering to the stringent compliance requirements of the education sector.


Preventive Measures:

  • Educating Staff and Students: Regular training sessions to recognise phishing attempts and other common entry points for ransomware.
  • Robust Data Backup: Implementing frequent and secure backups to minimise data loss in the event of an attack.
  • Layered Security Posture: Utilising Sophos’s advanced security solutions to create a multi-layered defence strategy against various cyber threats.


Join Our Webinar

As cyber threats evolve, so too must our defences. By partnering with cybersecurity experts like Intergence and Sophos, universities can better safeguard their digital landscapes against ransomware and other cyber threats.

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