Ransomware attacks on the rise in Australia

Is your school’s data secure?

On the 28th April this year an Australian private school was the victim of a cyber-attack that denied access to computer systems, encrypted databases and deleted backups.

A recent Telstra survey found that of 300 Australian companies surveyed, 48% had experienced a cyber attack in the past 12 months.

Of the survey respondents who suffered an attack, 81% experienced a ransom incident and 51% of them paid it, with the majority saying they would pay again to recover their data.

These statistics show how valuable your data really is to your daily business operations and highlight the impact of not protecting a school community’s personal and financial data.

While an attack is perhaps inevitable the right preparation can ensure it is repelled.

Daryll Holland, Privacy and Security expert for the Education Horizons Group, has tailored a data security audit and risk analysis consultation specifically for Synergetic schools.

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Here’s what a client had to say after a recent audit by Daryll:

“The extensive privacy gap analysis and security gap analysis really focused in on what we are, and what we are not, doing well.

The resultant risk matrix provides a clear visual aid in understanding our situation, explaining it to the Principal, and prioritising our training and remediation actions.

We now have a clearer understanding of the areas that we need to work on and a useful resource to guide the prioritisation of our efforts.”

Evan Hughes, Head of ICT (Shire Christian School)

Book Your Data Security and Risk Analysis Consultation

Schools need to treat a cyber attack in the same way they would a fire threat—with a comprehensive risk audit, water-tight preventative measures, and be ‘fire drill’ ready to respond effectively if an attack took place.

What does Daryll cover in this consultation?

Privacy & Security brief

Expert-led session with key stakeholders

Privacy ‘check-up’

Gap analysis against Privacy Act requirements

IT Security audit

Common security issues tailored for a school environment

Q&A Session

Open forum with key stakeholders


Oral feedback on initial findings

Security Strategy

Compilation of a comprehensive findings report with recommendations (within 7 days).

Who should be involved at the school?

Business Managers, IT Managers and key school leaders such as Principals and Vice Principals.

About Daryll

Daryll Holland, Portfolio Manager – Privacy & Risk (Education Horizons Group)

Daryll Holland is a technology, privacy and security expert. He has solid understanding of international privacy laws (including GDPR) and a keen interest in IT security. He has extensive experience in IT strategy, data protection & information governance, risk management and implementing technology solutions in an education environment.

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“Daryll has a unique set of experiences and broad knowledge making his understanding of the privacy and security concerns of schools rare.

Having worked with a range of schools, he has experiences to share that are pertinent, and made the current and future privacy legislation and security concerns real for us.

It was refreshing to hear from someone that had worn the responsibility for implementing privacy and security changes from inside of a school environment.”

Evan Hughes, Head of ICT (Shire Christian School)

Request an audit review with Daryll Holland

If there is even a small chance that your data may be at risk, it is not worth finding out via a malware attack. A thorough IT security audit will help identify any potential vulnerabilities in your current set-up.

Daryll is available for a limited period to consult to selected schools. Your Synergetic Account Manager will advise you further on timing and pricing.