Although ransomware threats are real and dangerous, there is actually some good news to be had. By knowing what the good and the bad news is, in fact, people will place themselves in the best possible position to deal with these threats. Of course, these so-called “threats” often transform into cases of blatant theft and fraud.
The people behind these heinous crimes, furthermore, are counting on the fact that most of the people who will get hit with ransomware threats have either never heard of “ransomware” or they have assumed that this type of crime only targeted big companies and rich folks. Needless to say, both assumptions are false.
The Good News
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ANTI-RANSOMWARE THREATS BEST PRACTICES
The following ideas and options have been used in the past and can be used in the future to help deal with these cybersecurity attacks. It must be noted, however, that it’s foolish to set up as a goal to not ever succumb to a ransomware or malware attack–indeed, there is no such thing as a perfectly secure system. The best that we can do is remove or adequately address weaknesses, make sure that we have the most updated programs and systems in place, and see to it that staff is well prepared for potential cyberspace terrorism events. We need to be clear, though, that ransomware threats are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cyberspace terrorism
What makes it so relevant today, though, is the fact that it has as much to do with making money (by the malicious hackers) as it does with disrupting and destroying systems–in other words, it involves an additional incentive missing from most other cyber attack tools. Secondly, ransomware threat attacks target the public, not just organizations. For your part, make sure that whatever solutions you strive to implement protect your clients as much as your system, your staff, and your equipment.
Ransomware threats can be managed successfully but it’s going to take time, money and much better involvement and cooperation by law enforcement, private industry, and government authorities.
Secondly, we need to be doing a much better job of educating the public about this dilemma. Articles like this, as a matter of fact, in conjunction with PSAs, advertisements, e-mail campaigns, etc., may become critically important in order to greatly decrease the number of people that yearly succumb to what is, in essence, cyberspace terrorism.
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