Act now to ward off ransomware threats, ACSC warns

The Australian Cyber Security Centre has begun promoting ransomware advice to local governments as part of its “Act now, stay secure” campaign.

The centre’s online resources and material are designed to help organisations prevent a ransomware attack and to respond appropriately if held to ransom.

Two guides have been published to assist organisations and businesses:

The ACSC advises that cybercriminal activity is an ever-present threat to organisations of all sizes, particularly ransomware, which is low-tech and low-cost and can therefore be widely disseminated.

It is encouraging local governments to share these materials with their networks, clients, and customers.

The ACSC will have an exhibition booth at next week’s National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra to raise awareness about cybersecurity. There will also be staff on hand to answer queries.