Don’t Be A Victim: Defending Against Ransomware

should be scaring us more than it is. It is becoming increasingly invasive, increasingly common, and they aren’t just attacking individuals and small businesses anymore they are attacking hospitals and law enforcement agencies (who apparently don’t follow their own “don’t pay blackmail advice”). It won’t be long until we can measure these attacks in lives lost. One successful attack at a critical time during the normal operation of a hospital could deny patents timely medication or force mistakes that could easily cost lives. There, of course, is the common advice not to pay these financial terrorists (and likely not long before they are classified as such) but this is typically from folks that aren’t faced the choice of paying or being out of business.

NOTE: This column was originally published in the .

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