What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that locks users out of their computer or encrypts their files and then demands a ransom payment in order to unlock the files or restore access to the computer.
How common are ransomware attacks?
Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly common. In fact, they are now the most common type of malware attack and are projected to cause more than $11 billion in damages this year.
What can you do to protect your business from ransomware attacks?
There are a few things you can do to help protect your business from ransomware attacks. You can implement security measures such as anti-virus software, firewalls, and spam filters. You can also back up your data regularly so that you will have a copy of your data if it is encrypted by ransomware. It is also important to have a plan B in case your business is hit by a ransomware attack. A managed IT services provider can help you with both of these things.
What is Florida doing to try to prevent ransomware attacks?
Florida is taking steps to try to prevent ransomware attacks. One of the things Florida is doing is trying to ban the local government from paying the hackers in ransomwares cases. Broward County’s school district, the sixth-largest in the nation, was hit last year and paid $600,000 to hackers who took over its computer systems. Also since 2020, the state’s top regulatory agency was taken offline by a cyberattack, data on thousands of applicants for children’s health insurance was exposed by a state vendor, and Social Security numbers and bank information on more than 58,000 unemployment applicants was stolen.
What is the ransomware ‘no negotiation’ bill in Florida?
The ransomware ‘no negotiation’ bill in Florida is a bill that would ban local governments from paying the hackers in ransomwares cases.
Is this bill likely to pass?
It is not clear whether this bill is likely to pass. The Florida House of Representatives passed the bill, but it has not yet been voted on by the Florida Senate.
If this bill passes, what will be the consequences?
If this bill passes, the consequences will be that the local government will not be able to pay the hackers in ransomwares cases. This could potentially prevent future ransomware attacks. However, it is also possible that this could lead to more ransomware attacks, as the hackers may be more likely to target businesses that are unable to pay the ransom.
Overall, the ransomware ‘no negotiation’ bill in Florida is a good step in the right direction for Florida. It is important for Florida to take steps to try to prevent ransomware attacks. However, it is also important to be prepared in case your business is hit by a ransomware attack. A managed IT services provider like ITS Group can help you with both of these things. If you are interested in learning more about how they can help you protect your business from ransomware attacks, please contact them today at (941) 727- 4487.