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Security Primer – Ransomware

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Throughout 2019, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government entities are increasingly encountering ransomware attacks resulting in significant network downtime, delayed services to constituents, and costly remediation efforts. As of September 24, 2019, the MS-ISAC received approximately 60% more reported ransomware incidents affecting SLTT governments in 2019 than for the entire year of 2018. Not only are victims at risk of losing access to their systems and files, but they may also experience financial loss due to legal costs, purchasing credit monitoring services for employees/customers, or ultimately deciding to pay the ransom. The effects of a ransomware attack are particularly catastrophic when they impact emergency services and critical infrastructure, such as 911 call centers and hospitals.

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