*Note: This is the first post in a multi-part blog series that addresses ransomware threats and solutions in K-12 environments.
In February of 2016, South Carolina’s Horry County School District had no choice but to pay a $10,000 ransom to unlock critical data and systems following a ransomware attack. But, could the attack have been prevented — or perhaps after the school district was attacked, could they have avoided paying the ransom?
It’s no secret that we’re right in the middle of a ransomware epidemic, where the example here of Horry County having to pay to unlock critical files has become far too common. But what if Horry County’s users were more aware of how to detect possible threats like ransomware? Would the outcome have been different? Let’s take a look at why proactive user training and awareness can help keep students and faculty stay safe from cyber threats.