This October is the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity that grows stronger by the year in significance and scope. This is no surprise given that breaches and malware attacks are getting more frequent, and they don’t discriminate against industry. A cross-section of companies from government, healthcare, finance and retail to nonprofits, car-sharing, and even the Port of San Diego have faced ransomware attacks.
At the beginning of 2018, the FBI and the Department of Education Inspector General revealed that hackers had tried to sell over 100 million private records from almost 100 schools and businesses as of the end of last year. 100 million records seems like a lot, but when you consider that more than 63 percent of organizations experienced an attempted ransomware attack in 2017, with 22 percent reporting these incidents occurred on a weekly basis, it’s easy to see how pervasive and far-reaching the threat of ransomware is.
Ransomware attacks are increasing, getting more sophisticated and sparing no industry. In this blog we examine both sides of a ransomware attack — ways to prepare a solid defense (or offense) to prevent an attack and pointers to repair the damage if you do suffer an attack.
Over the past few years, there has been a stunning increase in the number and sophistication of ransomware attacks. Microsoft products and services have been targeted by cybercriminals for decades — now that Office 365 is the company’s fastest-growing solution, it’s a primary target. Given the great risks for losses at the hands of cybercriminals, every member of your organization — from your COO to each individual employee — must take proactive measures to protect the organization’s data.
Friends Don’t Let Friends Go Without a Backup. While backup is vital every day, use World Backup Day — March 31, 2018 —to urge your colleagues and friends to take the pledge to use a backup solution.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and not just in business and government — they also increasingly occur in education. In fact, in a warning issued on Jan. 31, 2018, the FBI and the Department of Education inspector General stated that hackers have tried to sell over 100 million private records from almost 100 schools […]
Ransomware is not just another cyberattack. It can quickly proliferate through shared folders, affecting both those within and outside the infected organization. All in all, it is costing businesses millions of dollars each year. Ransomware gains access to a computer system by way of a network’s weakest link, which is typically a user’s email or […]
With the rapid rise of ransomware attacks across industries, including healthcare, it’s not surprising that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations now require ransomware attacks be reported, given the impact they have on the organizations and clients they serve. Losing data–whether temporarily or permanently–constitutes an unacceptable risk to healthcare organizations and interferes […]
It happened. Over the last few years, security experts and technologists alike have been talking about the potential impact of a global ransomware attack, and on a Friday morning, starting in the UK and rippling across Europe and Asia Pacific, more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were compromised. As organizations assess the overall impact, […]