How to deal with ransomware attacks

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Used in cyberattacks that can paralyze organizations, ransomware is malicious software that encrypts a computer system’s data and demands payment to restore access. To help organizations protect against ransomware attacks and recover from them if they happen, NIST has published an infographic offering a series of simple tips and tactics.

Advice on how to deal with ransomware

Use antivirus software at all times — and make sure it’s set up to automatically scan your emails and removable media (e.g., flash drives) for ransomware and other malware.

Keep all computers fully patched with security updates.

Use security products or services that block access to known ransomware sites on the internet.

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