The White House urges business leaders and executives to take ransomware attacks seriously, in a letter on cybersecurity issued by Anne Neuberger, chief executive officer National Security Council.
Neuberger states in the letter the following: "The most important conclusion from recent ransomware attacks on organizations in the United States, Ireland, Germany and other parts of the world is that companies that see ransomware as a threat to their core business rather than a mere risk of data theft are reacting and recovering." more effectively."
The letter comes after a significant increase in the number and severity of ransomware attacks targeting both the public and private sectors.
While disrupting and stopping the malicious agents that coordinate these attacks is one of the top priorities for US President Joe Biden, Neuberger also urges companies to take this threat just as seriously and to ensure that ‘corporate governance defense is proportional to the threat ".
In addition, Neuberger added: "To understand the risk, business executives need to convene right away "their leadership teams to discuss the ransomware threat and review their corporate security stance and future business plans to ensure that they have the ability to continue or quickly resume operations."
Neuberger also points out Best practices that help in defense against ransomware attacks:
- Create backups your data, system images and configurations, check them regularly and keep your backups offline.
- Inform and correct it the systems immediately.
- Try the event response plan that you have.
- Check it out the work of your security team using a third party controller.
- Fragment your networks.
The White House issued this letter after Numerous ransomware attacks have affected US companies in the last 30 days, all of which were orchestrated by hacking groups believed to be based in Russia.
Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news conference that Biden will discuss these recent attacks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Geneva Summit on 16 June.
Neuberger emphasized the following: "The US government is working with countries around the world to condemn ransomware operators and their host countries, but we cannot fight the ransomware threat on our own. The private sector has a separate and key responsibility. "The federal government is ready to help you implement these best practices."
Source of information: bleepingcomputer.com