'No company is safe' from ransomware attacks, White House warns

'No company is safe' from ransomware attacks, White House warns


A series of major ransomware attacks targeting gasoline and meat supplies as well as the federal government and human rights groups prompted the White House to push businesses and companies to take cyberattacks more seriously on Thursday.

In a letter addressed to corporate executives and business leaders, Anne Neuberger, the top White House cyber adviser, outlined steps companies should take to protect themselves from attacks.

“All organizations must recognize that no company is safe from being targeted by ransomware, regardless of size or location,” Neuberger said.

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She said the most important takeaway from recent cyberattacks by criminal organizations asking for money in return for stolen data and systems “is that companies that view ransomware as a threat to their core business operations rather than a simple risk of data theft will react and recover more effectively.”

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The letter said the best practices to avoid ransomware attacks are multifactor

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