Florida City Hit With Cyber Attack

Dec 11, 2019

Florida City Hit With Cyber Attack

BY Chris Brunau

Ransomware

Pensacola, Florida is dealing with the aftermath of a cyber attack. According to reports, the attack occurred over the weekend and has forced the city to disconnect “much of its network”.

It is still unclear how the attack occurred, specifically what type of cyber attack the city is dealing with, or if there was a ransom demand. Additionally, it is still unclear if any personal data was exposed as a result of the attack.

Impacted systems include city emails and phones, 311 customer service, and some online payments. Luckily, emergency services are not impacted currently. The FBI is assisting in the investigation and it is still unclear how long until the city will resolve the situation.

In response to the recent increase in ransomware attacks, the FBI released some cyber-defense best practices:

  • Regularly back up data and verify its integrity. Ensure backups are not connected to the computers and networks they are backing up. For example, physically store them offline. Backups are critical in ransomware; if you are infected, backups may be the best way to recover your critical data.
  • Focus on awareness and training. Since end-users are targeted, employees should be made aware of the threat of ransomware and how it is delivered and trained on information security principles and techniques.
  • Patch the operating system, software, and firmware on devices. All endpoints should be patched as vulnerabilities are discovered. This can be made easier through a centralized patch management system.
  • Ensure anti-virus and anti-malware solutions are set to automatically update and that regular scans are conducted.

Check out a full list of their suggestions.

To learn more about the current landscape of ransomware and how you can avoid falling victim, check out Datto's State of the Channel Ransomware Report.

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