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Computer Security No 3: Kali Linux and Ransomware

Corporate Computer Security

Dictionary:

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. Kali contains several hundred tools aimed at various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Forensics and Reverse Engineering. Kali Linux is developed, funded and maintained by Offensive Security, a leading information security training company.

Kali = is a Hindu goddess who represents Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation and Destruction; Kali also means “the black one”

Ransomware news:

In February 2016, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Centre paid $17,000 US in ransomware.

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The attacks are more and more frequent and one wonders what the best action is. FBY Cyber Division Chief Advises companies not to pay ransom for the release of data:

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Ransomware – ways to assess the business risk:

Jennifer Blatnik, who is the VP of cloud, security and enterprise marketing at Juniper Networks considers time to be critical when an incident occurs. The longer it takes to respond, the higher the loss. She advises organisations to create plans and consider before hand whether to pay ransom or not. The main considerations in such a plan should be:

1.  Back-up and imaging of data – this can help in restoring without paying ransom

2.  Importance of data – identifying the critical pieces and deciding how much to spend on backups

3.  Reputational damage

4.  Considering the liability – criminals do not guarantee they release the data once the ransom is paid.

Moderated by Monica Schlesinger: www.advisoryboardsgroup.com.au

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