Ransomware is malware designed to either encrypt files on a device rendering them unusable for the purposes of requesting payment to get access to the files, or extract protected data for the purpose of requesting payment to prevent disclosure. There have been many headlines in the news lately about ransomware. It can be a serious problem for industries, including Higher Education. Ransomware has been so profitable for malicious actors that an industry has developed around it.
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Many ransomware attempts against higher education institutions come at the end of the semester, so be vigilant against phishing attempts during this time.
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