Weekly Cyber AAG

Half of Ransomware Victims Didn't Recover Their Data After Paying the Ransom 
Comment: This survey, conducted by the CyberEdge Group, highlights the fact that paying a ransom does not guarantee a victim will successfully recover files encrypted by ransomware. In the event of a ransomware attack, restoring from backups is often the best course of action to ensure the integrity and availability of data during and after an infection. The NJCCIC recommends implementing a comprehensive data backup and recovery plan that includes regularly testing backups, storing them off the network, and keeping them in a secure location. 

Think Twice Before You Connect to the Free Hotel Wireless Network
Comment: Connecting to free public wireless networks increases your risk for threat actors to extract data such as credit card information, emails, and passwords. If possible, rather than using free public Wi-Fi, use your cellular network or personal mobile hotspot. If you must use free Wi-Fi, try to verify the legitimacy of the hotspot with the location’s staff and use a virtual private network (VPN) before logging into personal online accounts to reduce the risk of credential theft.

The One Thing That Protects a Laptop After It’s Been Stolen
Comment: It’s important to remember that, just because you secure your computer with a password, it does not mean that your data is fully protected. There are many methods that can be used to extract data from a locked computer’s hard drive. The best way to protect your stored data from unauthorized access is to encrypt it using either the encryption solution provided by your operating system or a reputable standalone product.