December 4, 2020
In an effort to further enhance our school district’s cyber defenses, we want to highlight common cyberattacks that everyone should be aware of - ransomware and phishing.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that takes over your computer and prevents you from accessing files until you pay a ransom. It is increasingly being used to extort money and gift cards. Although we maintain controls to help protect our networks and computers from this type of attack, you are our first line of defense.
Phishing is the other most common cyberattack. Phishing attacks can take many forms, but they all share a common goal – getting you to share sensitive information such as login credentials, credit card information, or bank account details.
Think Before You Click!!!
The most common way ransomware enters our networks is through email. To avoid this trap, please observe the following email best practices:
Thanks again for helping to keep our network safe from these cyber threats. If you have any additional questions or inquiries, please reach out to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 205.231.4747.
Joanne Stephens, Ph.D.
Director of Information Technology