Major Ransomware Attack Reinforces Need for Cybersecurity

From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Over the July 4th holiday weekend nearly 1,500 businesses were the victims of a ransomware attack. Impacted organizations had their data encrypted with a demand for payment in order to decrypt the files.

Christopher Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Intelligence, and Supply Chain Security Policy with the U.S. Chamber, issued this statement:

“This latest ransomware attack impacting hundreds of businesses is yet another reminder that the U.S. government must take the fight to these foreign cybercriminal syndicates. The government must use its full capabilities to investigate, disrupt, prosecute, and hold accountable these known criminal gangs.”

No one is immune: Businesses of every size and industry can be targets of a cyberattack. Here are some tips:

  1. Make sure your systems have strong authentication like multifactor authentication.
  2. Have a patching program to ensure your software is up-to-date.
  3. Have a workable backup that can be accessed easily.

The Global Cyber Alliance provides a toolkit for small business cybersecurity.