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Ransomware threats continue to increase

With ransomware threats continuing to increase the White House issued guidance to business leaders today highlighting how to protect themselves.

“All organizations must recognize that no company is safe from being targeted by ransomware, regardless of size or location,” wrote Ann Neuberger, White House deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology.

The memo urges businesses to adopt best practices including:

1) Multifactor authentication

2) Endpoint detection and response to search for and block malicious activity

3) Encryption so if data and files are stolen they cannot be used

4) A skilled IT team to implement and manage

5) Maintain backups so if an attack does occur systems can be restored.

Yesterday the Steamship Authority of Massachusetts said its ferry service suffered a ransomware attack, impacting summer tourists. Earlier in the week Brazil’s JBS, the worlds largest meatpacker, was attacked leading to concern over production and prices. In May cyber criminals attacked the Colonial Pipeline, forcing 5,500 miles to shutdown leading to fuel shortages and disruptions throughout the east coast.

Dane County and Southern Wisconsin businesses are not invisible. Contact Insight BTR at 608-661-0750 or info@insightbtr.com to help keep your business safe.

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