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It's 2017

Its 2017 and cyber crime is on the rise! Ransomware is dangerous and can sneak in to your system via temporary internet files and email attachments. During maintenance in recent weeks, we have noticed more and more temporary internet files being stored up from browsing the internet, so just be cautious about about which websites you visit and where your emails are sent from before you open any attachments!

From the Help Desk

What is ransomware and what can we do about it?

Ransomware is malware that encrypts (scrambles) your files so that you can't open them, and then demands payment in order for you to get your decrypted files back.

Recent examples include the San Francisco Muni Click Here and St.Louis public library system Click Here

The best way to deal with ransomware is to not get it. Ransomware moves very quickly, so by the time you notice it, it may be too late to save your files. Don't click on suspicious links or email attachments!

Also, make sure you have frequent backups of all your important files! It is crucial to have backups from multiple times/dates, because your last backup might have happened after your files were encrypted.

Thank you and take care!

Cloud Services

As more and more of the services we use reside in the cloud, IT departments can lose oversight and control. Employees are bypassing IT to snag the services they feel they need, and there's a real danger that they're bypassing security protocols and systems in the process. You should take steps to ensure that your IT department has full visibility and your company has a clear IT policy around this.

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