November 29, 2021

Volume XI, Number 333

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FTC Recommends Steps to Protect Against Ransomware

On November 5, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission suggested two preventative steps small businesses can take to protect against ransomware risks:

Step #1: Make sure your tech team is following best practices to fend off a ransomware attack.

Step #2: Schedule a security refresher for your employees.

  • Ensure all staff are trained in the tricks that cybercriminals are likely to use to infiltrate a system. Cybercriminals often use deceptive emails, phone calls or texts as methods of entry.

  • Educate staff on the hazards of using the same password across different platforms, and consider the benefits of multifactor authentication. Businesses can bolster security through rigorous authentication procedures and company policies requiring long and complex passwords.

For more on the FTC’s perspective on ransomware, see Ransomware prevention: An update for businesses.

Copyright © 2021, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 316
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In today’s digital economy, companies face unprecedented challenges in managing privacy and cybersecurity risks associated with the collection, use and disclosure of personal information about their customers and employees. The complex framework of global legal requirements impacting the collection, use and disclosure of personal information makes it imperative that modern businesses have a sophisticated understanding of the issues if they want to effectively compete in today’s economy.

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