Posted on May 15, 2017 by admin in ICT.
Following the recent NHS Ransomware crisis, as well as many other organisations being impacted, we feel it is important to send out an update on this subject.
As covered in our previous blogs, there has been a substantial increase in this type of malicious attack over the last year and there are numerous ways in which ransomware can get into a network, and numerous ways to defend against this threat.
Key advice for school staff
- Do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is. Even if it appears to come from a friend or someone you know, some ransomware can replicate and spread through email. Confirm that your contact really sent an attachment.
- Do not reply to or open any files attached to an email from an unknown or suspicious source. Do not open any files attached to an email if the subject line is questionable or unexpected.
- Exercise caution when downloading files from the internet. Ensure that the source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify that a regularly-updated anti-virus program checks the files on the download site.
- Review your school IT security policy. Outline clear rules and procedures for staff who access the school’s systems.
- Be prepared. Backup school files offsite on a regular basis.
Statement from LGfL – for London schools
For those schools who are protected via LGfL, the following statement has been released (abridged):-
“LGfL is aware of the reported cyber attack in the NHS network and we are monitoring the situation. Please be assured that the LGfL network employs multiple layers of firewalling to protect against similar threats. However, please be extra vigilant during this time, particularly in opening attachments or clicking on links found in emails from unknown sources.”
What should schools do?
Please circulate the above information amongst your colleagues, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you wish to discuss how you can be better protected in more detail.
Please see the link to our previous blog for more information – click here to view blog.
How can SBS help?
Service Desk support
If you are concerned that you have been targeted by Ransomware or any type of virus, please call us on
0345 222 1551 • Option 1 (existing ICT customers) or 0345 222 1551 • Option 5 (non-ICT customers).
Disaster Recovery Solution – Be proactive and backup your data offsite
The safeguarding of critical data is our primary concern and we don’t want schools to pay to get their files back. With this in mind we have developed a Disaster Recovery Solution to backup, secure and restore data in the event of an attack from ransomware.
For more information, call 0345 222 1551 • Option 5 or email us, and we can recommend the amount of storage you need to backup your files offsite and out of reach of virtual threats.
Posted on February 20, 2017 by admin in ICT.
Following on from our blog last month about schools receiving Vishing (‘Voice phishing’) phone calls from fraudsters posing as ‘Department of Education’ officials, please be aware that school staff are receiving phishing emails posing as headteachers that request payment transfers. What activity has been reported? A member of staff (such as the School Business Manager) […]
Posted on June 8, 2016 by admin in ICT.
Shortly, Windows Server 2016 will change the current Windows Server licensing model. Developed with Windows 10, Microsoft Server 2016 is an upcoming server operating system that has enhanced security, an advanced data centre and is cloud-ready to facilitate the move when the time is right for your school. Background on licensing Windows Server has historically been […]
Posted on January 17, 2016 by admin in Company News.
After an extremely successful few years, we are delighted to announce we are moving our head office to accommodate our continued and future growth. The new facilities offer a large conference suite, along with a number of meeting rooms which will be ideal for hosting conferences, meetings, networking events and training courses. If you are […]
Posted on December 10, 2015 by admin in Company News.
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Posted on December 2, 2015 by admin in HR & Payroll.
Choosing the right payroll software for your school If you’re evaluating payroll software for schools Mandy Gardiner from PW Payroll Solutions has outlined the must-have features. What do the best payroll systems and partners offer schools? Compliance with HMRC legislation Functionality required such as import/export tool compatible with your other software An internal report writer Auto […]
Posted on October 29, 2015 by admin in SBS Online.
Our latest release contains three significant enhancements plus a couple of minor bug fixes. Excel Exports Both this and the previous release have standardised and improved the process for exporting to PDF and Excel. In this release the Excel export has been overhauled and now exports as an XLSX file instead of the previous CSV. […]
Posted on October 9, 2015 by admin in HR & Payroll.
Do you have an effective, reliable HR and Payroll provider for your school? Are you looking to move away from your local authority? Not happy with your current provider? Whatever your situation, we can help! HR & Payroll for Schools SBS has launched an exciting addition to our school support portfolio. With the expansion of […]
Posted on June 19, 2015 by admin in ICT.
“Ransomware, it’s everywhere. We had hoped that the notorious file-encrypting ransomware called CryptoLocker was defeated after law enforcement knocked out its infrastructure last year, but CryptoLocker and its close cousin, CryptoWall, have come back stronger than ever.” We stumbled across a really useful post on the Sophos blog that we thought our schools should read. […]