Local Businesses Attacking Ransomware


When you think of a victim of a cyber attack, a school might not be the first to come to mind, but ransomware is hitting all types of organizations and businesses, including Sioux Falls Catholic Schools.

“We restored all the files we could from backup. We recreated some of the documents we could, and we went on from there,” the IT Director of Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, Joe Hurley, said.

Hurley wants to make sure the system doesn’t fall victim again. That’s why he attended Tuesday’s ransomware conference put on by SDN Communications.

“We’ve got 13,000 attacks happening on average a day today,” Jake VanDewater, the director of managed services and CPE for SDN Communications, said.

Ransomware is a type of malware that attackers install on a computer. You may get it by clicking on an infected link or email. The attacker then asks you to pay a ransom to get all your information back.

“Have a firewall. Have antivirus advanced security applications that are going to find those threats,” VanDewater said.

VanDewater also recommends making sure you have the latest software updates and your employees are aware of the threat of ransomware.

“If you’re not expecting the email, possibly question it. If there’s an attachment on it, make sure you’re at least limiting the attachment,” VanDewater said.

Steps that Hurley wants to make sure teachers, staff and students are taking as they attack the threat of ransomware.

“We have 2700 students that aren’t afraid of the Internet. They’re ready to click on anything and explore the world. We need to make sure we’re protecting them,” Hurley said.

SDN is holding another free ransomware conference Wednesday, May 25th in Sioux City at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront.

The event begins with check-in and breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

You can find more details here.

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