This is an EXAMPLE of a ransomware attack.
Ransomware occurs when a user clicks on a bad link or downloads a file in a malicious e-mail that causes the user to be locked out until a ransom is paid. According to the FBI, criminals are netting an estimated $150 million a year through ransomware attacks. In a real ransomware attack, you would be asked to pay a ransom in order to unlock the device and restore your files.
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To effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from cyber disruptions, emergency management and information technology partners must first collaboratively establish plans for managing complex cyber incidents and test those plans. Ensuring cyber preparedness establishes relationships pre-event and tests viability of planning.
Hold quarterly Cyber Disruption Team meetings
Develop and maintain cyber incident response plans
Conduct IT / EM trainings and exercises
A coordinated response ensures that all parties are performing their functional missions while minimizing or eliminating unnecessary duplication of efforts. Coordinating response across IT / EM ensures that the response is as streamlined and effective as possible.
Establish regular briefing schedule across disciplines
Communicate and prioritize response actions
De-conflict any response issues across disciplines
Coordinated recovery actions ensures the restoration of virtual and physical systems align and lessons learned from the incident are retained and improved upon. Collaborating on recovery, and mitigation activities and managing long-term impacts of complex cyber incidents supports a jurisdiction’s ability to recover quickly and increase resilience.
Establish regular meeting schedule for virtual and physical asset recovery coordination
Conduct after-action reporting that captures areas for improvement in both virtual and physical arenas
Develop a roadmap for long-term recovery actions, including any mitigation or grant management options
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