On one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) was hit by ransomware. The attack caused ticket machines for the SFMTA’s light rail transit system to go offline all day on Saturday (Nov. 26). Instead of shutting down, however, the agency decided to let users ride for free. By Sunday, the system was up and running like normal again.
Cyber criminals go after the easiest targets. Make your system as hard of a target as possible with these easy to implement suggestions. The list below assumes you have a firewall and Anti-Virus (AV) in place. Do not rely solely on a firewall and AV - this leaves your network at about a 90% chance of getting hacked.