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September 2016

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How Would You Handle A Cyber Attack?

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.

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