Although ransomware is scary, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has created a website with key resources to STOP Ransomware and the MassCyberCenter has the Municipal Toolkit that municipalities can take to improve cybersecurity resiliency and guard against ransomware attacks, including backing up critical systems, educating employees on basic cybersecurity awareness, and creating or refining a response plan.
According to the 2021 Verizon Data Breach report, "10% of all breaches now involve Ransomware".
One only needs to look at the news headlines to see another report of ransomware affecting another municipality. Sometimes financial systems are affected, and parking tickets cannot be paid or permits cannot be issued. Sometimes schools are impacted. In 2018 there was a sharp jump in ransomware attacks against state and local governments, and that surge continues into 2019. Overall, ransomware attacks on state and local government agencies are a growing problem.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
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MON, AUG 19 2019 Coordinated Ransomware Attack on 23 Towns.
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MON, AUG 26 2019 Lake County, Ind., was hit by a cyberattack that forced email service and several internal applications to go offline last week.
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