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Sig VanDamme, Founder
A recent USA Today Article documented a case where cybercrooks gained access to computers at the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce that locked up all of their data with a virus called CryptoLocker. A ransom was demanded to have it unlocked.
In the end the cybercrooks wiped out the Chamber's entire membership database and 130,000 files. In addition, the computers had to be replaced, costing the Chamber $4,000 and dozens of hours of aggravation.
What To Do Right Now
The FBI has some basic advice for protecting your infrastructure:
Mitigate Your On-Premise Software Risk by Moving It Off-Premise
Is your staff equipped to take on international cyber criminals? Is infrastructure and cyber security a business your association should be in? Probably not as there are better and cheaper alternatives.
If your organization is still using on-premise software, take these intermediate steps to minimize your association’s risk:
Embrace the Cloud! The Right Solution for Professional and Trade Associations
The established Cloud providers have huge security teams, security and threat detection tools and a generally significantly more robust security infrastructure. Your Association can leverage that in many ways but the most obvious ways are the following: