IT Security

Our dedicated page for advice in relation to IT security for schools can be accessed at 


IT Security is critical for all schools. As you may be aware there has been a major ransomware attack throughout the world over the last number of days. When a computer becomes infected with this type of virus it attempts to encrypt a whole host of files types.  It will also attempt to encrypt any shared drives that the infected computer has access to, and will demand a ransom from the user to have the files unlocked. We recommend NOT paying any demanded ransom, as this encourages more ransomware. A computer can become infected if the user opens a corrupted email or if they visit a website or link that has been compromised.  Ransomware can cause a huge amount of disruption.



Specifically, here are some key steps to take (this applies to laptops and home PC’s too):


·         Avoiding dubious websites and downloads. Refrain from opening attachments that look suspicious. Think twice before clicking.

·         Beware of any suspicious looking emails.  You should never open any email with an attachment if it is from an unknown source and even if it is from a known source you should still be cautious, especially if it is unexpected or unsolicited.  You should also avoid clicking on any embedded HTML links in an email and should be aware of the dangers posed by certain websites.

·         You should have a suitable anti-virus software solution in place , and this should be kept up to date.

·         Installing new patches and computer updates

·         Backing up important files, You have a good backup in place that is safe and secure

·         In the event a suspicious process is spotted on your computer, instantly turn off the Internet connection.

·         Ensure your Wifi is secure

·         Switch off unused wireless connections, such as Bluetooth or infrared ports.



Advice on preventing ransomware from infecting your computers:


Here is a useful link to assist schools: