Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell of Sunderland University has said "we just don't know" when disruption caused by a "major cyber-attack" will be fixed. This got us thinking: would you know how to react in the event of a large-scale cyber-attack?
Visitors to the university's website are greeted with the above message.
Telephone, website and IT systems at the university have been offline for several days, since the university was attacked.
Meanwhile the university has stated that: "We are working as hard we can to resolve the situation"
The attack has crippled the organisation, just as they, like all universities, are recovering from the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the vice-chancellor's full statement on the BBC website.
So as they try and recover from the attack, what would you do if this happened to your business or organisation?
Your business has suffered a cyber-attack and you want to know how to report it, where to get help with recovery and how to prevent it from happening again.
Maybe you're using a managed service provider for your IT needs, assuming they would report any cyber-attack on your behalf but your board needs trusted help as it navigates through the crisis.
How We Can Help
At the Cyber Resilience Centre, we have access to trusted specialist cybercrime investigators (our Trusted Partners, or one of our regional police forces. We would determine the level of help you require) who can support you during an attack and recover digital forensic evidence to help identify who is responsible.
We also provide a range of services to help protect you from being attacked in the first place. See below...
Vulnerability Assessment - tests your IT system configuration.
Security Awareness Training - tailored to your business.
Affordable Cyber Services - includes internet investigation.
Annual Membership Packages - core membership is free, paid membership with additional advantages starts from £500.
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