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Ransomware Trends not Likely to go Awry in 2020

Ransomware Trends not Likely to go Awry in 2020

Created: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 13:06
Cybersecurity, General Security and Resilience, Security Preparedness

Ransomware has been running rampant this year forcing organizations of all sizes to deal with response and recovery after files have been encrypted and exfiltrated. Security journalist David Bisson summarizes six trends that all organizations should keep in mind for ransomware defense strategies:

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WaterISAC continues reminding members to plan for the worst and hope for the best. When it comes to ransomware, regularly:

  • Review and discuss ransomware and data breach playbooks/policies/procedures, and keep them up-to-date.
  • Evaluate cyber insurance policies to confirm proper coverage
  • Send out security awareness reminders to all staff on how phishing is a very common initial infection vector for ransomware, and how malicious actors send phishing emails well in advance of the ransomware actually executing/encrypting.
  • Remind staff not to open attachments or click on links contained in emails, even if the email looks like it is from a trustworthy source. And if they already have received and/or actioned a suspicious email, encourage them to report the event now.
  • Check device and network logs and events for potential intrusions, and consider configuring alerts for changes to files.
  • Test your backups before you need them and make sure you have a valid tested copy stored offline.
  • Report ransomware incidents to authorities (and WaterISAC).