News and Updates on Information Technology

United Kingdom – Nova Education Trust

Exploit: Hacking
Nova Education Trust: School System 

Risk to Small Business: 1.702 = Severe

15 schools in the United Kingdom have been unable to provide online learning due to a cyberattack. According to Nova Education Trust, a threat actor was able to access the trust’s central network infrastructure and while an investigation took place, all existing phone, email and website communication was stalled. The 15 schools impacted by the central cybersecurity incident were not able to provide typical remote learning and teachers have been unable to upload learning materials. Alternative access is being used to keep schools open.

Individual Risk: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Hackers have been a continued source of trouble for educational institutions as the pandemic forced learning online. Threat actors have used this opportunity to attack a sector with traditionally weak security and profit handsomely.