Surviving a Ransomware Attack: how libraries can prepare for disaster and respond if it happens

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Ransomware (software that blocks access to systems until money is paid to the attacker) can be disruptive and expensive. For some libraries it can be catastrophic, though it doesn’t have to be. Planning and preparation are key to surviving a ransomware attack.

This presentation will focus on cybersecurity steps that can help libraries protect their systems from ransomware. The instructor will walk participants through steps to take at their institutions to ensure that the organization can survive a ransomware attack. The class will cover plans, tools, and techniques that can help lower the risk of a ransomware attack, regardless of your budget.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

Understand what ransomware is and the damage it causes
Identify ways to defend against this type of attack
Make recommendations for planning for worst-case scenarios
Articulate steps that could be taken if a ransomware attack happens at their institution

Instructor: Blake Carver

Blake Carver is Systems Administrator at LYRASIS Digital Technology Services, where he manages the servers and infrastructure that support their hosted ArchivesSpace, Islandora and CollectionSpace. Blake holds an MLS from SUNY Buffalo, and has worked as an academic librarian, as a programmer at a startup, and as a records manager. He's also known as the guy behind LISNews, LISWire, and LISHost. Blake was one of the first librarian bloggers (he created LISNews in 1999) and is a member of Library Journal’s first “Movers & Shakers” cohort. Blake has presented widely at professional conferences, talking about open source systems, Drupal, WordPress, and IT security for libraries.

Academic library: 2 year; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Public library; Special library
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