Important Service Disruption:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Health and Human Services (HHS) have released information detailing the rise of ransomware attacks. Common ransomware attacks have continuously been updated to become more effective.
These ransomware attacks have increased “the ease, speed, and profitability of victimization.” The FBI has found that ransomware attacks have increased for all industries. However, there is an even more dramatic increase in hospitals and the healthcare provider industry.
It is recommended all businesses have an updated incident response plan in place to help ensure that the proper steps are taken if your company falls victim to a cyber-attack. Additionally, you can maintain an incident response retainer with a reliable cyber security company.
The CISA, FBI and HHS does not recommend paying ransoms. Payment does not guarantee files will be recovered. It may also embolden adversaries to target additional organizations, encourage other criminal actors to engage in the distribution of ransomware, and/or fund illicit activities.
It is important to continue to perform social engineering testing and training. Employees are the weakest link in terms of cyber security. It takes one person to click on a malicious link and download ransomware to your organization. Through continuous social engineering testing and training, the risk of human vulnerability can be reduced.