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In this week’s Library Card Series we will be going over the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) new website, Stop Ransomware. StopRansomware.gov is the U.S. Government’s official one-stop location for resources to tackle ransomware more effectively. The website provides an overview of what ransomware is, guidance on how to defend against ransomware attacks, and steps to take if you have been hit by ransomware.

What Is Ransomware?

This section of the site gives a “101” level overview of ransomware and provides links to various resources including guides, services, training, webinars, etc.

Avoid Being Hit by Ransomware.

This section shares best practices to prepare for and prevent a ransomware attack. Among those are a review of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Protecting Against Ransomware, and Good Security Habits.

Have You Been Hit by Ransomware?

A ransomware response checklist is provided to help organizations ensure they are not missing any steps in their response to an attack. The checklist is broken down into two sections, “Detection & Analysis” and “Containment & Eradication”.

Ransomware, as stated in previous Library Card Series articles, is very common and used to target every type of business possible.Ransomware is an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption. Ransomware actors often target and threaten to sell or leak exfiltrated data or authentication information if the ransom is not paid. In recent years, ransomware incidents have become increasingly prevalent among the Nation’s state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government entities and critical infrastructure organizations. Recent studies have shown that cyber threat actors are growing more interested in attacking less regulated industries that don’t have sophisticated cybersecurity infrastructure in place, which could put the target on the back in the cannabis industry sooner rather than later.

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A few tips to be prepared for a ransomware attack:

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