What is Ransomware

Ransomware is a persistent type of malware that encrypts data on a device, making any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Afterward, bad actors demand ransom in exchange for decrypting the data. Ransomware perpetrators frequently target and threaten to sell or leak data or authentication information if a ransom isn’t paid. In…

Responding to a Ransomware Attack

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) strongly advise utilizing the following checklist to respond to ransomware. The list was created from a Joint CISA and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). This information will walk you through the response process, beginning with recognition and continuing to limitation and abolition. Make sure you go…

Why Steal an Identity?

Last month we exposed some identity theft myths. This month, we’ll examine “why” and “how” someone would steal your identity. Stealing has been around since ancient times. Commandment 8 is “Thou shalt not steal.” Over time, theft has changed from sin to something looked down on, depending on the situation. As a society, we have…