Safeguarding Against Ransomware

John Alawneh
Chief Information Officer
Katy Independent School District (TX)

Your data has just been kidnapped and you will have to pay a ransom to get it back. This is the modern day “Stick-em up” and it is more common than you think.

Ransomware is becoming the crime of choice for cybercriminals to extort money from corporations, as well as individuals. It is not about stealing your data and sharing it with the world. It is not about privacy. On the contrary, your data is still residing on your system. It is about locking you out of your own system and data until you pay a ransom, and there is nothing you can do about it. It sounds unreal, but it is true.

You better believe it, it happens more often to people and companies all over this country. All you have to do is run a quick Google search on it and you will see how many companies and individuals fall victim to this outrageous crime. If you are not ready for such a situation you will be facing very tough choices that could lead to serious damage to you personally or your organization. Criminals from across the globe are getting rich exploiting your systems vulnerabilities. They are counting on the fact that you will not be ready for it and you have to pay up. But there is something that you can do about it.

The best defense when it comes to Ransomware is offense. CoSN has developed an article that describes what Ransomware is and how you can defend your organization from this serious threat before it happens to you.

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