Ransomware: Another Threat

In an effort further enhance BW's cyber defenses, we want to highlight a common cyber-attack that everyone should be aware of – ransomware.

Ransomware is increasingly being used by hackers to extort money from companies . Ransomware is a type of malicious software that takes over your computer and prevents you from accessing files until you pay a ransom. Although we maintain controls to help protect our networks and computers from this type of attack, with the quickly changing attack scenarios we rely on you to be our first line of defense.

Here are some simple things you can do to help BW avoid a ransomware/malware attack:

Think Before You Click

The most common way ransomware enters corporate networks is through email. Often, scammers will include malicious links or attachments in emails that look harmless. To avoid this trap, please observe the following email best practices:

If Something Seems Wrong Notify IT

If your computer is infected with ransomware, you will typically be locked out of all programs and a "ransom screen" will appear. In the unfortunate event that you click a link or attachment that you suspect is malware or ransomware, please notify IT immediately.

Thanks again for helping to keep our network, and most importantly, our people, safe from these cyber threats. You can contact the IT helpdesk at helpdesk.bw.edu or you can call them at (440) 826-7000.

Please let us know if you have any questions.