Cyber attack at Portsmouth University

The BBC has recently reported that a cyber incident at Portsmouth University led to the closure of main buildings across campus including the library.

The attack led by cyber criminals impacted IT systems to the extent that they had to be put offline.

Students were directly affected, with instructions to study at home and not visit the University library.

This follows a story we shared earlier this month about a large manufacturing company in Oslo being taken out of action by a ransomware attack.

It’s clear that the impact of a cyber attack can be wide-reaching and significantly hamper productivity. But the good news is, there are simple and low-cost ways to prevent criminals accessing your systems and causing damage to your organisation.

On our website, you’ll find a resources section specifically for large organisations. Have a read through our guide to mitigating malware and ransomware attacks to prevent a similar incident to the one that rocked Portsmouth University. We also link through to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)’s Risk Management page which talks through how to identify and mitigate cyber risk.

If you are responsible for IT systems or security at a large organisation in the North East, be sure to contact us at and we can provide you with more specific guidance on how to protect your operations.