Wannacry, Vendor Lockin, The Cloud and your School

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The Cyber Attack That Stopped The World

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What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a kind of cyber attack that involves hackers taking control of a computer system and blocking access to your data until a ransom is paid.


Governments, companies, and agencies from all over the were attacked by a malware virus. A malicious piece of code that encrypts your data and holds is for ransom. Demanding funds in return for your precious data. This is not only bad that your data has been held for ransom, but this also means an external body has access to your data a huge breach of rules set out by the department of education.

Now how does this all relate to being in the cloud? Well in the cloud there are constant backups meaning if you were to be attacked by a ransomware virus you could easily reinstall the last backup or instance of data which is normally only a day old. Secondly, cloud servers are constantly updated with the latest in security and patches to prevent such exploits or hacks.

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Another less known type of ransomware is Vendor lock-in, this is when a company who you have paid to use their services has your data will charge you very high fees to get your data back from them. This has happened to Australian schools so contact your service provider and ask them if this applies to your school.

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Always check the fine print before signing anything. Lucky for you, we have none.


We have our own cloud, this means your data is protected by every measure possible. The latest updates and security patches, firewalls and encryption. Backups can be restored rapidly and you can have peace of mind you are within the rules of the education department preventing your information from being stored offshore. (Amazon cloud or Microsoft cloud store information off shore)

For more information on Smartsuite and the cloud contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions or provide you with more information.


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