What if all of your employees walked into the office one morning, turned on their computers, and a screen popped up with a message “Your Files Have Been Encrypted, Pay $25,000 in 24 hours or all of your files and the files on your network will be destroyed”?
That’s exactly what happened when a small manufacturer in the Utica area was the victim of a ransomware attack. Ransomware is a virus that encrypts all of the files on your hard drive. If a “ransom” isn’t paid, then your files will be deleted in 24 or 48 hours. It’s like a digital ticking time bomb and there is nothing you can do at that point. As a manufacturer, you likely have sensitive employee information, contracts, and CAD designs that contain IP unique to your business on the network.
For this edition of our “Ask an Expert” series, we interviewed Reg Carter, executive director of CITEC, which is part of the New York Manufacturing