VDA recently participated in an excellent panel discussion on “Practical Defenses Against Ransomware” and other malware threats in Detroit at Build IT Together (the audio is only so-so, sorry).  Among the discussion highlights, the following key points stood out to us:

  1. IT/Security best practices are very important! The basics like strong passwords, patching systems, and the importance of penetration testing to find common vulnerabilities
  2. Training is really important – especially security awareness training for end users
  3. Hacks could still happen, so it is important to have a response plan, a third party incident response partner, and risk reduction plan in place
  4. International cyber conflicts affect us all
  5. Non-traditional infrastructure/tools could help