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Ransomware Basics with the Tech Insider: Beyond Insight

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

By Tony Lesesne

Our Tech Insider, Albert Gibbs loves sharing insight on ways to help you get the edge in the tech environment if you're a novice. In this episode, Ransomware is in the spotlight, one of the biggest threats to organizations today. Click the screen below for the 2 minute brief on Ransomware Basics.

Ransomware is one of the biggest security problems on the internet and one of the biggest forms of cybercrime that governments and organizations face today. The average Joe or Jane knows very little about Ransomware. With that said, ransomware is in the news more than ever. President Biden recently held a press conference on the matter after a number of attacks happened in in the U.S. Ransomware is a form of malicious software that encrypts files and documents on anything from a single PC all the way up to an entire network, including servers. Its scary.

Victims can either pay a ransom to the criminals responsible for the ransomware, or restore from backups. Even worse, they can start again from scratch. Basically, it can ruin your business and damage your reputation. Basic defenses nay indeed help so learn what you can and share with your teams. Gibbs explains that messages that are traps for getting your information can come in the form of a text informing you that you have a UPS package of a gift to retrieve. According the #TechRepublic, ransomware victims have to deal with the painful and expensive fallout when they are hit by ransomware including tightened budgets, lost productivity and other problems.

While the idea of holding data for ransom is hard for some to digest, its a real threat to organizations. In most cases, new post-attack security measures could have prevented the ransomware attack if implemented beforehand. The reality is that post-attack security implementations, if in place prior to the ransomware attack, could have prevented most attacks.


Meet Albert Gibbs

IN FOCUS TV is proud to welcome Albert Gibbs as a regular host/commentator on Beyond Insight focusing on items in tech, innovation, leadership and business/civic insight due to his wealth of knowledge, experience and commitment to helping businesses thrive while cultivating the next generation of leaders through his civic and community engagement efforts.


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