it was recently reported that the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department’s network had been targeted by a ransomware group threatening to release sensitive data.
Indeed, the cyberattackers have published a ransom note claiming that they were now in possession of more than 250 GB of data, which they would release to the public if the ransom wasn’t paid within three days.
Hence, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published a report advising organisations to follow its guidance on mitigating the effect of malware and ransomware and protecting bulk personal data. Besides, it also contains guidance for the public on how to protect themselves from the impact of data breaches in the case personal data is involved.
As financial services firms are 300 times more likely than other companies to be targeted by a cyberattack, the NCSC insists on the necessity to invest in cybersecurity to prevent and protect against hacks and data breaches. The NCSC’s report also offers advice on how to deal with scams and what people should do if they fall victim.