Brandon School Division Detects Ransomeware Incident

Ransomware is widely reported to be one of the more frequent types of cybercrime to be cautious of in 2021.  Brandon School Division’s Network Support Services Department detected such an incident today (March 10, 2021).

This incident affects a small number of files. However, according to a representative at BSD, there has been no breach of information. The Ransomware attempt to lock their system failed to gain access to any data. Therefore, no data has been compromised. 

According to a BSD spokesperson, the school division plans for this kind of security breach, and as part of preparations, theirNetwork Support Services Department has a backup system in place to minimize the impact on its networks. Furthermore. the BSD Network Support Services Department consistently reviews protocols. Procedures are in place ensuring BSD technology and information contained on network drives are secure and protected.

Fortunately, BSD computer systems are equipped to thwart any such cybercrime and all services have now been restored. The Brandon School Division appreciates the patience of students and parents of students as work was done to resolve this issue and apologizes for any inconvenience.


What is Ransomeware?

Ransomeware is reported to be one of the highest-ranked types of cybercrime to be expected in 2021.

Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system so that it is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion. It encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. (source: