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Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that prevents you from accessing your computer files, systems, or networks and demands you pay a ransom for their return. Ransomware attacks can cause costly disruptions to operations and the loss of critical information and data.

Tips for Avoiding Ransomware  

First, watch this webinar from the 2021 IT Professionals Conference titled: Ransomware – How it Works and How to Stop it

The best way to avoid being exposed to ransomware—or any type of malware—is to be a cautious and conscientious computer user. Malware distributors have gotten increasingly savvy, and you need to be careful about what you download and click on. 

Other tips:

  • Keep operating systems, software, and applications current and up to date. 
  • Make sure anti-virus and anti-malware solutions are set to automatically update and run regular scans.
  • Back up data regularly and double-check that those backups were completed.
  • Secure your backups. Make sure they are not connected to the computers and networks they are backing up.
  • Create a continuity plan in case you or your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack.


Below are a variety of resources that you can use to keep yourself or your users protected from ransomware attacks:


In addition to these materials, the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ Fact Sheet: Ransomware and HIPAA provides further information for entities regulated by the HIPAA Rules.




Keywords:ransomware, ocr, cybersecurity, security, vulnerability   Doc ID:111693
Owner:Peter V.Group:Office of Cybersecurity
Created:2021-06-15 15:29 CDTUpdated:2021-06-15 15:45 CDT
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