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May 19, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Lessons Learned From the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Last week, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit over 150 countries and infected tens of thousands of systems worldwide. Among those victimized were England’s National Health Service, automobile manufacturers, and government systems. The worm’s ominous red ransom screen, informing the user that all files have been encrypted, was found on only on users’ desktops, but also on ATM screens, parking meters, digital billboards, and industrial control systems.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Ransomware, WannaCry

Aug 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Is Paying the Hacker Your Only Defense?

Recently, I received a call from a close friend who wanted advice because his small company had been the victim of a ransomware attack. A hacker had locked the company out of all significant business applications, compromised all the backups, and wanted $250 in the form of Bitcoins to unlock the system. The IT manager tried to restore the systems without paying and without success.

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Topics: Data Security, Ransomware, Bitcoins

Aug 4, 2016 11:29:38 AM

#1 Strategy to Fight Ransomware Attacks – Educate Your Employees

Last week, I wrote a blog about the serious problems we face from “ransomware” – the malicious software criminals can use to hold your data hostage. I provided some best practices to make it more difficult for someone to use your data in an extortion scheme, but I saved the most effective strategy for this week’s blog. It is: educate your employees.

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Topics: Training, Cybersecurity, Ransomware

Jul 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Hospitals Held Hostage – Extortion by Ransomware

If 2015 was the year of the mega-breach, 2016 has been the year of “ransomware.” Just the sound of the name can send a chill down your neck. So what is it?

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Topics: Data Security, Ransomware, Bitcoins