*Note: This is the third and final post in our multi-part blog series that addresses ransomware threats and solutions in K-12 environments.
Last month, I discussed the two most pivotal steps in preventing ransomware attacks from wreaking havoc on your organization: user education and securing your network. While these steps establish a robust security posture to combat cyberattacks, there is still one more layer your organization can add to ensure recovery when an attack does strike: having a solid backup plan. Let’s chat about a few recent K-12 school districts that had to leverage their backup plan. In the news, we heard about Montana’s Bigfork Public School District who in November 2016 was hit with Ransomware and a payment of $10,000 was demanded. Rather than pay, they restored with an offsite backup. The same is true for Rhinebeck Central School District in New York who was also hit by a ransomware attack and did a restored with off-site backup files as well. As you can see, having a solid backup plan in place can not only prevent a ransomware payment and spare your data but it can also provide peace of mind.
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team provides some guidelines to help organizations optimize their backup solutions in combatting ransomware: