Whether you are an Employer or an Intern it is important to stay safe online and to keep your systems safe against "ransomware".

There are a number of easy-to-implement defences against ransomware which seriously reduce the risk of attack and yet we know many Individuals and Businesses are not protecting themselves as thoroughly as they should.

What you should do as an Employer...

  • Keep your organisation's security software patches up to date
  • Use proper anti-virus software services
  • Most importantly for ransomware, back up the data that matters to you, because you can't be held to ransom if you've got the data somewhere else.

Home users and Students should take the following steps to protect themselves:

  • Run regular Updates
  • Make sure your AntiVirus product is up to date and run a scan – If you don’t have one install one of the free trial versions from a reputable vendor
  • If you have not done so before, this is a good time to think about backing up important data – You can’t be held to ransom if you’ve got the data somewhere else.

The Government, law enforcement and public and private sector organisation are working together to protect against cyber attacks and the country's security and law enforcement agencies are working round the clock to protect the public. However if we all do the right things we can make a significant contribution to mitigate future cyber attacks and prevent disruptions.

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