I'm sure by now everyone has seen the weekend's news regarding the malware incident that is affecting computer systems worldwide, with the UK NHS being particular badly hit before the weekend. This note is to give some general awareness and advice to users, regarding what to expect this morning. Please only turn on a workstation if essential. This applies particularly in classroom and hot desk situations. If you discover a compromised machine:
- Disconnect from the network
- Switch the workstation off
- Report the situation to IT giving clear details of your situation and the location of the device.
If your workstation is useable, please restrict access to internal systems only and avoid Internet browsing. Please follow the usual advice for dealing with unsolicited email (i.e. mail from addresses you do not recognise):
- Do not click on web links or open file attachments
- Delete unread
- Do not circulate the email or send it to IT for advice.
You can advise IT in separate note, if necessary Avoid connecting external drives (USB sticks etc.) to your workstation. The IT team took some measures over the weekend and are working to assess / update patch levels across the College sites. This is likely to mean that the network –particularly at login- may run slower than normal over the next few days. If a workstation indicates that it is completing a windows update, please do not interrupt the process and allow the machine to restart if necessary. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause and ask you to bear with us while we assess and address this highly unusual situation. We will put out further information and advice as the situation develops.