NCSC reports spike in cyber attacks on education sector

From their comments it seems that universities are either being targeted, or are especially susceptible to current attack types…:

It said that since late February there has been a spike in criminals targeting schools, colleges and universities and that it recommends a ‘defence in depth’ strategy to counter the threat.

This comes after reports of attacks on various establishments, including Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Central Lancashire, the University of Northampton and the Nova Education Trust.

The NCSC said the operational details cannot be disclosed but that there is no reason to suspect the same criminal actor has been behind each attack, which have caused varying levels of disruption.

Its alert includes guidance with an emphasis on mitigating malware and ransomware.

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