PublicNet: 2 September, 2016

Ransomware attacks are of growing concern across the public sector. In this article Peter Godden offers advice on developing a strategy for prevention, detection and recovery.

The public sector is increasingly becoming the focus of ransomware attacks. Whether it is the highly sensitive nature of their data, the fact that they are public facing or the perception that they are easy targets, government departments, police, health, education and fire services are all becoming targets of these malicious attacks. Whilst it is unclear whether they are paying the ransom or not, with data this sensitive it seems the public sector might have little choice – and yet this is tax payer’s money. Caught between the risk to either the public’s data or the public’s money, what can the public sector do to ensure they don’t have to surrender either?

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