Last week, hundreds of thousands of computer systems were impacted by global cyberattacks, many in the form of ransomware. Protecting your organization from these types of attacks is more important than ever. Understanding the ins and outs of ransomware is the first step.
Ransomware is malicious software that infiltrates a network and may encrypt data or other portions of the network to deny access to administrators and users until a ransom is paid to the hackers. Organizations holding consumer data are often prime targets. Ransomware is delivered through email phishing, visiting a malicious website and even through online ads.
The Federal Trade Commission offers helpful information for defending against ransomware, including the following suggestions:
Implement training programs to help employees recognize and avoid phishing
Exercise good security practices, including using endpoint security products, intrusion protection software and updating third party software
Back up date on a routine basis and keeping backups disconnected from you network
Develop and test incident response and business continuity plans
The FTC’s information, including the video “Defend Against Ransomware”, is available here. Contact us at Ossian Law regarding any information technology law question.
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UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
“The Expanded Scope of the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act –It’s Not Just for Hackers Anymore”
Ossian Law P.C.
June 21, 2017 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
701 Woodward Heights, Suite 117, Ferndale, MI 48220
As the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) turns 33 years old, it is increasing being applied not just to external hackers, but also to current and former employees, competitors, vendors and even customers. Information Technology attorney Kathy Ossian will discuss recent civil and criminal actions under the CFAA and the impact of its expanded scope on businesses. Networking from 5:30 – 6:00 with presentation from 6:00 – 7:00. Complimentary admission. Heavy hors d’oeuvres are included. Space is limited. Register here today!
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