ACSI is proud to be sponsoring the 2018 ATLE Professional Development Day for Alberta School Zones 2 & 3 on May 18th in Edmonton. As it is coming up, it is prudent to explore what IT administrators, educators, and parents can do to make the digital world safer for children.
Old styles have a way of once again becoming trends. Ransomware, once an old threat, has come roaring back to get money, hold files ransom, and disrupt businesses—just like in the old days. It has grown to such proportions that it has become one of the top forms of cyberattacks.
Applications have a critical place within organizations. They help generate revenue, are a part of workflows, and they collect data. As companies rely on them more and more and they become ingrained in business processes, the question of security arises. Businesses who've never given application security a second thought are now concerned with the risks these applications bring with them. While it's known that some sort of security measures are needed, it's less obvious how to go about implementing them.
When it comes to IT security, your whole organization needs to be protected from threats that can hinder business operations. Your physical devices need to be safeguarded, your sensitive online data needs to be under lock and key, and your network infrastructure needs to be strong. Your web applications shouldn't be left out from this list of components that need to be protected.
It is what every organization fears. Every single one of your files has been locked. No one can access the network, and some shady hacker from who knows where is demanding money now in exchange for the return of your valuable files. That is exactly what WannaCry is doing, a ransomware that has been targeting businesses in both hemispheres.
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