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Ransomware-Are you prepared?

October 24, 2017

ransomwareRansomware. It’s a buzz word. And a buzz kill.  In Season 6 of “The Good Wife”, an episode focused on ransomware. If you thought this story was just fiction, think again. Ransomware is a real threat—one you should take aggressive steps to protect against.

National Public Radio described a scenario similar to one that recently played out in Cincinnati. A virus called “cryptolocker” infected a computer and encrypted documents, images, and other file on both the infected computer and other network drives to which that computer had access.

So what is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software that threatens to publish the victim’s data or block access to it unless a money is paid.

In such cyber-attacks, the encryption method is very strong. It’s not something that even an IT person can get into without a “private key”, hence the ransom demand. Typically the ransom must be paid within 72 hours of the infection using bitcoin. You pay the ransom and the cyber thieves promise to provide the key to unlock the encrypted files. If you don’t pay the ransom, the encrypted files are gone forever.

Where to learn more about Ransomware

For more information about this form of cyber terrorism check this blog entry from InTrust, an IT support company called in to deal with a ransomware attack in Cincinnati. Webroot, a leading security software company, also discusses steps to take to keep your files safe. Of importance is Webroot’s advice to “backup, backup, backup”. That’s where BiS can help.

You should take a stand against cyber-thieves BEFORE becoming a victim of a malware attack. If your company properly, and regularly, backs up important files, you’ll be able to watch the red countdown clock on your computer screen without panic. You might even take pleasure in knowing you have taken precautions that enable to say to these cyber-thugs, “We won’t negotiate with you, and we certainly will not pay you to access what is rightfully ours.”

If you would like to talk about precautions to take to protect against malware call me at 513.721.3453 x401.

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