It’s a tough dilemma. No one wants to pay a ransom. But when considering the options, it may appear to be the prudent choice. Trey Turner, senior security consultant at Alagen, talks about the reasons you shouldn’t pay. Then, he emphasizes the importance of being prepared so that you can recover quickly without having to pay. He also suggests that you know your risk tolerance and have planned in advance under what circumstances you would consider payment or related actions.
– Paying a ransom is not a great idea for three main reasons; (1) even if you pay the ransom, there is no guarantee you will get the decryption keys, (2) paying the ransom makes you a target for future attacks, as the bad actor is now aware that you will pay, and (3) you’re supporting a criminal activity by enabling the bad guys to continue this habit.
– Law enforcement will always suggest that you not pay a ransom.
– Preparing a recovery strategy is essential in avoiding the dilemma of whether or not to pay the ransom. This includes having a plan to recover your data from backups, and removing the ransomware in a timely manner.
– If you can’t recover the data, be prepared to know under what circumstances you’d be willing to pay the ransom, when you’d contact insurance, and potentially consider ransomware negotiation.
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