Case Study: Texas School District Hit By Ransomware
Cyber Attack Leads to Security Upgrade
An unforeseen cyberattack is every organization’s worst nightmare. When a rural Texas ISD was hit with a ransomware attack, they knew that they had to do something… and quickly. Compounding the problem, however, was the fact that rural school districts typically have a limited source of financial support with which to upgrade technology and make changes to their existing network.
Armoring Up Against Future Attacks
Fortunately, Netsync was able to address both issues. To seal the breach, Netsync conducted a penetration test, in which an authorized cyberattack is staged on a system in order to evaluate security and probe for possible entry points that need to be addressed. With that information in hand, as well as an Umbrella Proof of Concept, and keeping in mind the ISD’s funding issues, Netsync was able to work out a lease option for the ISD to purchase the Cisco Security suite without compromising their budget. Continuous feedback, and visits to the customer site with Netsync Sales Associates and Cisco engineers and support staff, as well as follow up once the security suite was installed, led to a successful install and a much more powerful security system for the ISD.
This new system provides a far greater degree of cybersecurity for the ISD, allowing them to focus on their students rather than intrusions into their network. As a result, the district has selected Netsync to present to the school board for a number of E-Rate Category 2 projects totaling nearly $1.2 million.