Webinar: Ransomeware Information and Awareness (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)


The VDOE is hosting a webinar on October 22 at 2:00 p.m. to spread awareness and provide technical assistance concerning ransomware attacks in our schools. It is encouraged that technology and instructional technology personnel responsible for cyber security in your division attend this webinar.

School divisions are encouraged to follow these basic and minimal best practices for protection against ransomware and phishing attacks.

  • Review, configure, and utilize built-in tools for spam identification and blocking within the division’s email environment.
  • Ensure the backup of critical systems and data stores is routine, often, and accurate. Extend backup strategies beyond servers to critical workstations or devices.
  • Institute end-user training or awareness programs that encourage the recognition of suspicious email, websites, and web links.
  • Regularly patch and update all available servers, workstations, and infrastructure devices.

The VDOE’s Chief Information Security Officer, Tim Tillman, and the Office of Information Security will host a webinar on October 22, 2020 at 2PM concerning ransomware in our schools. Representatives from FBI Richmond and the Virginia Fusion Center will present ransomware information, strategies, and incident response techniques. Technology and instructional leaders are invited to attend the webinar. Registration is required.


10/22/2020 2:00 PM - 10/22/2020 3:00 PM


Chief Information Security Officer Tim Tillman


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