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FBI and the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a ransomware awareness alert

September 2, 2021 / HIPAA

The FBI and the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a ransomware awareness alert for the upcoming holiday weekend. The FBI and CISA have observed a trend of increased attacks around U.S. holidays. Businesses are more vulnerable when there are fewer workers in the office or workers are more distracted than usual before a long weekend.

Immediate Actions You Can Take Now to Protect Against Ransomware

  • Make an offline backup of your data.
  • Do not click on suspicious links.
  • If you use a remote desktop, secure and monitor it.
  • Make sure your software and antivirus are up to date.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Use multi-factor authentication.

Here is a link to the alert: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa21-243a

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