Only a few days before the Fall semester was to start in August 2019, Regis University was suddenly attacked with ransomware. IT panicked, and unplugged everything. The wireless internet was down campus-wide. Email was out. The website was down, phones were off, and even parking payment stations were shut off. And new Freshmen were on their way to campus to move in the next day. It was a total cyber disaster.
Here, I’ll describe why and how the attack probably happened. I’ll talk about why Regis and many other universities will almost certainly be hacked again. I’ll also provide suggestions for easy precautions organizations can take to prevent ransomware attacks.