In Stuart, Florida, Fire and Police Dept. were offline after the city was attacked by Ryuk, one of the more recent ransomware attacks which was hit April 13th. The attack infected Servers and workstations,  and was most likely caused by an employee falling for a phishing email attack.

Business owners should take away two things for these string of attacks that are only doing to increase in volume and ransom demands.

First, train your employees to the point where your people are continually tested to constantly verify they are not falling for the latest scams.  The attacks are increasing in quality, realistic and the attempts are escalating in frequency.

Your IT department should harden your systems against attacks these types of attacks, ensuring hourly back-ups of critical systems (on and offsite) and segment layers of the network if something gets compromised it cannot go laterally through the network and infect other equipment.

If you need a review of your network contact Network Essentials.  We focus on business under 300 employees in the Charlotte Metro area.  Our flat fee manages services agreements includes making your networks secure.