As an IT Professional, you know all about the rise of encrypting ransomware over the past 6 years. Ever since the original CryptoLocker was released, in 2013, this has been one of the most widespread, and most damaging, forms of malware. It has also become, by far, the most profitable type of attack for the criminals who produce and distribute it.
You also know that some of the most frequent targets of ransomware infections over the past two years have been city and county governments, public service and transit agencies, and hospitals. Attacks such as these were highlighted in a recent segment on the CBS Television show 60 Minutes, which you can watch here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ransomware-how-cybercriminals-hold-data-hostage-and-why-the-best-solution-is-often-paying-a-ransom-60-minutes-2019-05-05/.
But do you know who the latest group of targets for ransomware is? It’s us! If you’re a Managed Service Provider, your company now has a huge target on its back. For more details and the reasons behind this attack, you may read my recent article in MSP Insights, titled “Why MSPs Are The Newest Targets Of Ransomware.” Here is the link to that article: https://www.mspinsights.com/doc/why-msps-are-the-newest-targets-of-ransomware-0001.
If you or your techs haven’t attended one of my Virus Remediation Training workshops yet, there has never been a better time to do so. The workshop covers everything you need to know about ransomware, from the standpoint of preventing it to how best to deal with an active ransomware infection after the fact. More details here: https://www.thevirusdoc.com/virus-remediation-training.
To end this message on a lighter note, I leave you with this game card for Ransomware Bingo, courtesy of Emsisoft: https://www.thevirusdoc.com/sites/default/files/Ransomware_Bingo.jpg. Any organization that has been hit by ransomware will immediately recognize all of the squares on the board! Enjoy…