RANSOMWARE 101 (Part 1): By Adam Karp (Technology Review)
Next, if you managed to get past the payout and you finished your data restore process a week or so later, it's very common for them to just re-encrypt you all over again. It's like deja-vu and a bad nightmare. But it happens. So in order to make sure that the bad guys are actually gone from the network prior to that, there's a lot of work that needs to be done.
RECENT HEADLINES: CYBERCRIME ATTACKS IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY
3/29/2023 - Community Health Systems data breach may have exposed information of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre hospital patients
3/10/2023 - Ransomware Attack on Barcelona Hospital Threatened Urgent Care Cases, Locked Up Patient Records (Source, CPO Magazine)
1/17/2023 - Cyber security risk growing for small medical practices (Source: Medical Economics)
1/24/2023 - Smaller medical practices increasingly targeted for cyber attacks (Source: Urology Times)
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In all cases, prevention is a lot more cost effective than remediation. But given the situation, remediation may be our only option so oftentimes, what happens next is that the insurance company will bring in their team of experts to do their own forensic analysis at the same time as when your IT company is trying to restore you. There are several conflicting motivations here that you should be aware of. It is common for business owners and I.T. to try to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. The insurance company will have a different perspective. They're more inclined to focus on data preservation and understanding of the forensics of how the infiltrators actually got in. Primarily, getting this information is key to confirming if they’re completely gone, or that they won't come right back five days (or so) later.
"DON'T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN": THE CURRENT CULTURE IN PROTECTIVISM OF OUR DATA: Ransomware prevention and recovery calls for more than just one layer of protection. There's not one silver bullet that you can utilize to protect yourselves. It's a comprehensive and a layered approach to security. It is critical to combine security awareness training for your business and your end users because 9 out of 10 times, the infiltrators are led in the front door by an employee who accidentally clicked a link that was malicious. And with some basic training, you can minimize those types of risks by up to 95% which is significant. These types of phishing campaigns are increasingly sophisticated and they're always coming up with new methods. Hence, having ongoing security awareness training is crucial to protecting your organization.
"ZERO DAY" GOOGLE VULNERABILITY & THE GLOBAL COMPLACENCY
"EVERYONE ELSE BUT ME"
The Covid-19 pandemic was a hot time to get attacked! Reports showed a spike of over 30% in attacks to businesses and personal systems . Admittedly, until a few years ago, I was part of this global elite (which translates to complacent and lazy) who counted on the sheer luck and hopes of having enough internet security, ignoring headlines of current cyber threats to many off my own Apps. I never updated my malwarebytes, ignored popups about updating browsers and haphazardly opened unknown eamils. My last virus attack was back in 2015-- leading me to think "so why should I get one now?" But after 6 of my friends and clients have actually been victimized by cybercrimes during the pandemic, I witnessed firsthand the true terror and destruction that this inflicts on one's actual LIFE. This made it all REAL for me! The last thing I would ever do again is ignore such warnings - especially from Google themselves.
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