The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has recently announced the release of two new pre-ransomware alerts that are designed to help organizations defend themselves against ransomware attacks. In addition to the two alerts, CISA has also released a new ransomware playbook that provides detailed information on how to respond when a ransomware attack occurs.
The Two Pre-Ransomware Alerts
CISA’s two pre-ransomware alerts are aimed at helping organizations recognize the signs of an impending ransomware attack. The first alert, titled “Ransomware Preparedness and Mitigation,” provides a detailed overview of the steps organizations should take to prepare for a potential ransomware attack. This includes advice on updating system-level software, limiting privileged access, and training users about the importance of data security.
The second alert, titled “Identifying and Responding to Ransomware Activity,” provides guidance on how to identify the signs of a potential ransomware attack. This alert focuses on identifying suspicious activity on the network and in system logs. It also outlines the steps organizations should take if they suspect they are under attack by ransomware.
In addition to the pre-ransomware alerts, CISA has also released a new ransomware playbook. This playbook provides detailed guidance on responding to a ransomware attack and recovering from the incident. It covers topics such as incident response planning, data recovery and system restoration, and post-incident remediation.
The ransomware playbook also provides a comprehensive list of resources for organizations affected by a ransomware attack. These resources include contact information for CISA, the FBI’s Cyber Division, and other government agencies and organizations that provide assistance in responding to ransomware attacks.
The release of the pre-ransomware alerts and ransomware playbook by CISA is a significant step forward in helping organizations prepare for and respond to ransomware attacks. The new alerts provide a detailed overview of the steps organizations should take to prepare for a ransomware attack, while the ransomware playbook outlines the steps to be taken if the organization is affected by a ransomware attack.
By being proactive with these new alerts and resources, CISA is helping to ensure that organizations are well-prepared to defend against, and respond to, ransomware attacks. If you found this information useful, please share it on your social media channels.