The recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack evokes the need for businesses and organizations of all sizes to protect themselves from ransomware and other cyber-attacks. The pipeline was closed as a precautionary measure after the attack. This sent consumers into a frenzy of panic over gasoline shortages. Over the past few months, businesses have seen a wide range of cyber attacks. Organizations of all sizes have been hit by “the bad guys.” This includes hospitals, police and sheriffs’ offices, schools, and local governments all across our nation. No one is immune, and many have faced a very difficult choice. They either pay a ransom and fuel a criminal market or refuse to pay and hope their computer systems can be restored.
From the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, Office of Public Affairs, Secretary Mayorkas and Secretary Raimondo stress, “Protecting the American people and companies against ransomware must be one of our top priorities as a nation.” Ransomware seems to target the weakest link. Small businesses can be especially vulnerable because of limited resources to combat cyber attacks. These threats must be taken seriously. By the time you’re dealing with an attack, it’s too late for proactive measures.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently launched its “Reduce the Risk of Ransomware Campaign” with free, public guidance and resources to help organizations prepare for these attacks and evaluate the strength of their company’s cyber posture.
We must be proactive in tackling ransomware to keep our communities safe.
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