The first sign of the ransomware attack that hit Colchester Institute was on a Monday morning in April 2021. After the Easter weekend, Ben Williams, IT Services Manager, came into the office and assumed business as usual. When trying to login to his systems, however, he discovered that all admin accounts had been disabled. His nightmare was confirmed when the IT Services team found a ransom note on one of their physical servers.
“Sophisticated and malicious, the breach destroyed mission critical areas of our infrastructure by deleting email and other servers, domain controllers, and anti-virus consoles as well as encrypting our entire virtual environment, and its underlying platform” recalled Williams. There was no email communication available to inform external contacts, suppliers, staff or students.
Rubrik safeguarded our backups. Due to its native immutability, 100% of our backups were protected against corruption and deletion.
VMware environments & ESXi infrastructure encrypted
All systems compromised, admin accounts disabled and anti-virus consoles deleted
Email servers deleted, no communication available to external sources, students, staff
Senior leadership concerned about the rise in ransomware attacks within education as breaches could lead to loss learning, coursework, financial records, and COVID-19 testing info
0% data loss
$0 paid in ransom
100% data recovery from ransomware within 10 days
"RUBRIK AND KHIPU PARTNER TOGETHER TO SAVE THE DAY"
“As soon as we were aware of the breach, my engineers contacted Rubrik and KHIPU Networks immediately. This could’ve been a crippling incident, but I am proud to say Rubrik saved the day, fully protecting our critical data systems including finance, student records, and admissions data,” Williams stated.
Breach protection with instant recovery should be a top priority within any organization’s cyber security strategy. By implementing Rubrik Zero Trust Data Security, Colchester was able to recover instantly with no data loss. The institute returned to the most recent clean copy with just one click. “Rubrik safeguarded our backups. Due to its native immutability, 100% of our backups were protected against corruption and deletion,” Williams explained.
Colchester Institute was able to analyze the impact of the attack, determining exactly what files were affected and where, and detect any anomalies within their environment. “Thanks to Rubrik, we were able to keep the lights on and continue to deliver a robust service to our students and staff.”
"COLCHESTER INVITES EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO PURCHASE RUBRIK "
“With ransomware on the rise and the prevalence of attacks in education, we simply could not have recovered as fast or as well without Rubrik and the support of the team at KHIPU Networks. We invite other educational establishments concerned about ransomware attacks to get in touch. We are really happy to share our experiences and our advice,” said Williams.
Thanks to Rubrik, we were able to keep the lights on and continue to deliver a robust service to our students and staff.
Overall, Colchester recommends Rubrik as a way to migrate from legacy solutions: “Being long term Veeam customers, we needed a full review to make an informed decision. The review concluded with Rubrik being the top choice due to its overall protection and recovery from cyber breaches. Our choice to move away from Veeam and purchase Rubrik was the best decision we could have made.”