Disaster Recovery Readiness:
The Critical Importance of EDR in IT For Schools
As schools increasingly rely on technology for teaching and administration, the need for robust IT systems has become more pressing than ever. However, the more schools rely on technology, the more vulnerable they become to cyber and online data breaches. In fact, according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the Education industry is more susceptible to ransomware attacks than any other in Australia, with 11% of all ransomware attacks occurring in this sector.
This is why disaster recovery readiness and endpoint detection response (EDR) systems are critical for schools. Disaster recovery readiness is the ability of an organisation to quickly recover from a disaster, such as a cyber attack, and return to normal operations. Endpoint detection response (EDR) systems are a type of security technology that helps organisations detect, investigate, and respond to cyber threats.
Why are End-Detection-Response Systems a MUST-Have?
Defence against Ransomware
One of the most significant threats to schools is ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts an organisation’s files, making them inaccessible until a ransom is paid. The ACSC found that the Education industry is particularly vulnerable to these attacks because schools often have limited resources to devote to cybersecurity and may not have the latest security measures in place.
EDR systems can help prevent ransomware attacks by providing real-time monitoring and detection of threats. EDR tools can detect when an attacker attempts to encrypt files and can take action to prevent the malware from spreading. EDR systems can also help schools quickly identify the source of an attack and take steps to mitigate its impact.
However, EDR systems are only effective if they are properly configured and managed. Schools should work with IT experts to ensure that their EDR systems are set up and used correctly – which is often where we come in…
Other Threats - Phishing & Malware
In addition to ransomware attacks, schools are also vulnerable to other types of cyber threats, such as phishing attacks and malware infections. EDR systems can help detect and prevent these threats as well. For example, EDR tools can monitor user behavior and detect when a user clicks on a malicious link or downloads a suspicious file.
EDR systems can provide valuable insights into cyber threats. By analysing data from EDR systems, schools can identify patterns and trends in cyber attacks, which can help them develop more effective cybersecurity strategies against them.
Let us take care of your school's EDR Efforts!
As schools increasingly rely on technology for teaching and administration, the need for robust IT systems and disaster recovery readiness has become more pressing than ever. Endpoint detection response (EDR) systems are a critical component of any school’s cybersecurity strategy. EDR tools can help prevent ransomware attacks, which are particularly prevalent in the Education industry, as well as other types of cyber threats. However, it’s important for schools to work with IT experts to ensure that their EDR systems are properly configured and managed. By doing so, schools can ensure that they are prepared for any cyber threat that may come their way.
Reach out to the Step Fwd IT team today if you think we can help your school in it’s EDR efforts.
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