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ISBA’s Information Systems Analyst on ransomware attacks and preventing them

Wednesday, May 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Zach Zuber
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Dewey Cantrell, Information Analyst, The Iowa State Bar Association

This week there have been reports world-wide about a massive ransomware attack called “WannaCrypt” or “WannaCry.” This attack has crippled business and even entire industries in, at last count, well over 150 countries, and it may not be finished. While the volume of news seems very frightening, we all need to protect ourselves the best we can. 

With the duty to protect your client’s information and your business data, the call to everyone is to ensure you are making every effort to have defenses in place. With the preponderance of criminal entities trying constantly to break in to your systems, attacks are happening every day to many who don’t even realize it. It is imperative to have software and security systems fully updated, as well as a quality antivirus program.
 
However, if you do find yourself looking at a ransomware attack and you aren’t fully trained to deal with it, remember – these criminals are professionals. Call in your professionals, be it in-house I.T staff, a local I.T. company or anyone equipped to respond properly. 

Forbes and Microsoft have both offered recommendations on how to protect yourself against the attack. The Forbes info is available here. Microsoft’s guidance is here, as well as specific info on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

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