We were in touch with you last month in relation to the ransomware attacks affecting the Irish Higher Education Sector. Given the latest news on other attacks affecting the public sector, we recognise that this subject is getting more and more attention.
HEAnet services were not impacted by the recent ransomware attacks, and we continue to review and monitor the situation. We would like to repeat the message that the prevention of ransomware attacks is key and to urge you to follow the advice from The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in particular their CSIRT-IE page, to ensure your systems are patched and up to date.
In terms of our support to prevent these attacks, as always, we are here to help you. We can act as a coordination point, provide traffic information and put you in contact with groups such as the NCSC and Jisc to make their CSIRT services available to you https://www.heanet.ie/services/security-services/cert-service.
Lastly, we would like to say thank you for keeping us updated on what’s going on within your organisation. In that vein, while you should never hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 6609040, we would recommend that contacting HEAnet should be a step in your major incident or DR/BCP planning as it is essential for us to stay informed about any changes or events so we can best support you.