Moran Zavdi is the founder of Nucleon Cyber, which provides actionable, proactive cyber threat intelligence for organizations.
I bet you can see the scene before you now: The hair on the back of your neck stands up, and the panic creeps up your spine as you face your computer with dread — the screen has turned black. A message informs you that you’re under attack. Pay the ransom, or the person on the other end will erase your computer memory, steal files or share private information such as secure customer data. You freeze. What do you do next?
Your gut instinct may be to quickly press the power button and shut down the computer or run to an expert for help. Before you do, you should check a couple of items to reduce any damaging effects. Follow these easy steps to make sure you make the right choices