You can protect UNCSA from ransomware attacks
Cyberattacks have been on the rise in North Carolina in the last several months. It is more important now than ever to be vigilant in our efforts to combat these bad actors in our environment and protect our digital assets! Some of you may remember the ransomware attack on Richmond Community College a little over a year ago. These attacks continue today with educational institutions falling victim within the last two weeks that made headlines:
- Haywood County (NC) Schools closed after ransomware attack
- As classes move online, North Carolina schools face increased ransomware risk
It takes all of us to combat these threats in our environment, and IT needs your help in identifying and reporting phishing schemes and other events within our environment. The Federal Trade Commission website suggests that people lost up to $57 million to phishing schemes in 2019.
What you can do to stop ransomware
Pay special attention to the sender of emails and do not click on attachments or documents that you were not expecting. The FTC suggests you lookout for emails that include the following:
- Suspicious activity or login attempts to your account
- Claims that there is a problem with your account
- Emails suggesting you update personal information
- Fake invoices and payment requests
- Suggests that you are eligible for a refund
- Coupons and other free items
UNCSA Information Technologies department will never reach out to you through email regarding any of the items listed above, and if you’re ever in doubt – please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you to everyone for helping us keep our students and UNCSA safe from cyber incidents!
Contact: Greg Gleghorn
Sept. 17, 2020