News and Updates on Information Technology

Canada – York University

Exploit: Malware attack
York University: Academic institution

Risk to Small Business: 2.670 = Moderate

A cyberattack corrupted several of York University’s servers and workstations, forcing the school to take its remaining network offline to stop the spread. As a result, students and staff were unable to access remote learning applications and other digital resources. In addition, students who are upset by a lack of communication from the university are complaining to the media, inviting brand erosion and other long-term consequences.

Individual Risk: At this time, there is no evidence that personal information was compromised in the breach. However, users should carefully monitor their accounts and credentials for misuse or abuse.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: As many organizations move their operations online, testing the integrity of IT infrastructure is a critical component of ensuring a smooth transition. Of course, cybersecurity isn’t just a matter of convenience. In today’s regulatory environment, the risks of remote work make compliance a critical issue during this unprecedented time.