White House Urges Corporate Executives to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks; Anne Neuberger Quoted

The White House on Tuesday issued a memo calling on business leaders to initiate immediate measures to protect their organizations from ransomware attacks, CNBC reported Wednesday.

“All organizations must recognize that no company is safe from being targeted by ransomware, regardless of size or location,” Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology at the White House National Security Council and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, wrote in the June 2 memo obtained by CNBC.

“To understand your risk, business executives should immediately convene their leadership teams to discuss the ransomware threat and review corporate security posture and business continuity plans to ensure you have the ability to continue or quickly restore operations,” Neuberger added in the memo.

The White House document outlines five best practices companies should take to protect against ransomware attacks: backing up images, configurations and system images, conducting regular testing and keeping those backups offline; updating and patching systems promptly; testing incident response plans; checking the security team’s work; and segmenting the organization’s networks.

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