As you may have seen on the news, malicious activities such as ransomware are becoming extremely common in cities, governments, and schools. In a case of ransomware in our district it could shut down every computer in the district for weeks or even months depending on the severity. In addition to ransomware, malicious users are constantly attempting “phishing” scams to gain account information or personnel information to sell or use. We have several layers of protection at our district to prevent both ransomware and phishing scams, however they are both still possible and unfortunately the easiest way for them to become a real threat is through staff.
Over the past two days several fake emails were sent to 100 random recipients at the district. These fake emails were designed to fool you into either clicking a link, having you enter your credentials into a fake login, or have you download a malicious attachment.
These emails were a TEST to see how our staff reacted to said emails in an effort to understand what we need to do to protect our district’s devices, network and personnel data.