Ransomware attack takes down Howard University for two days

A ransomware attack took down Howard University for two full days.

Reported by Slate, a ransomware attack rendered Howard University’s wi-fi network unusable, forcing the cancellation of all online and hybrid classes for two days.

The takeaway? Most college networks were intentionally designed to provide open access to a wide variety of students and administrators, and therefore, are in many cases, incredibly insecure as well. Developing strong and secure backup plans, and conducting regular backup drills may need to become standard practice for our institutions.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.