Posted: March 30, 2022

Over the upcoming weeks, Ag IT's Cyber Hygiene journey will focus on Ransomware.

What is ransomware?

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, “Ransomware is an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption.”

Why should I be concerned?

Ransomware attacks have been on the rise for several years and Universities are prime targets. Typically, Universities…

  • Allow for and promote the easy exchange of ideas and information
  • Include large research centers housing incredible amounts of intellectual property
  • Store valuable personal information such as social security numbers, financial information, and, when a medical center is present, health information

Next steps

The Ag Community should watch for a series of educational communications about identifying malicious behavior and protecting devices and data from attack.

Information Technologies


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