Tackling the Ransomware Threat


Ransomware and malware attacks have been capturing recent headlines. Local governments and organizations in Scotland, the United States, and Japan have reportedly been targeted, with at least one case resulting in a very public, high profile outage. These attacks are now reported to have spread across both public and private sector industries.

Although the exact details of each attack are still scarce, they once again highlight the operational impact that a malware outbreak can have on any organization. And the headlines support the idea that current approaches to security are failing to provide the required level of cyber protection and resilience, and that further investment is necessary to identify and plug the gaps that allow attacks to be successful.

This paper offers guiding principles to underpin a security strategy and makes five specific recommendations for implementation. It is not possible to offer guarantees, but we believe adopting the principles and implementing the recommendations will help institutions to avoid potential attacks and, if they should occur, to identify and mitigate them effectively.

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