A lot has changed since October 2013. Yes, it has really been two years since we published our group policies to help mitigate against Cryptolocker. Since then we added instructions for protecting non-domain joined machines, workgroup computers, configuring your firewall, protecting your backup locations, advice on minimizing your attack surface and educating clients. It’s the proverbial onion layer approach. There’s no one solution for something like this because it’s always morphing.
So now that script kiddies can purchase an encryption attack and push it out and the bad guys have come up with a dozen or more really effective and tricky encrypting malware variations (and thousands of me-too versions) it’s time to update the kit.
All of the old stuff still applies so there will be a lot of the same old thing in it too. But a few new tricks as well and some options that you might want to consider.
We’ll be wrapping it all up in a tidy little download and we’re going to use it as a fundraiser to support females that want to enter the field of IT. You see, I just got back from attending Microsoft MVP Summit and I was never in a room with more than 2 women. Most of time I was the only female. So we have an opportunity here to turn the negative greed grab that is ransomeware and turn it into a fund to pay for certifications for women so they can provide proof to potential employers that they know their stuff and get hired.
We’ll be keeping these funds separate from regular Third Tier revenue and we’ll publish where they go to in future blog posts so you’ll know this is on the up and up.
So I’m curious. How valuable is preventing ransomware to you? Be a leader. Click that link and we’ll send it when it’s ready. Don’t forget to share the link with your IT and business friends and let’s turn this ransomeware scourge into something positive.
– Amy Babinchak and Susan Bradley
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