The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has released the first of a new line of information products called CISA Insights. This first CISA Insight is about the ongoing Ransomware Outbreak attacking our nation and nations across the globe.
CISA is part of the Department of Homeland Security. CISA describes itself as the nations risk advisor. With regard to this Insight, CISA states is role as the following:
"Helping organizations protect themselves from ransomware attacks is a chief priority for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). We have assisted many ransomware response and recovery efforts, building an understanding of how ransomware attacks unfold, and what potential steps you can take to better defend systems. But we also recognize that there’s no such thing as perfect cybersecurity and ransomware infections can still happen, so we’ve also developed recommendations to help organizations limit damage, and recover smartly and effectively."
CISA lists the following 5 steps to keep yourself and/or your business from becoming a ransomware victim:
Backup your data, system images, and configurations and keep the backups offline.
Update and patch systems.
Make sure your security solutions are up to date.
Review and exercise your incident response plan.
Pay attention to ransomware events and apply lessons learned.