Just like professional sports, trick plays and the latest gadgets won’t beat ransomware attacks. We win by mastering the fundamentals. Why are we still wringing our hands? Let’s get busy.
A generation ago, the public would have laughed if anyone said a cyberattack could shut down a slaughterhouse. How could a broken computer system stop anyone from butchering meat? But that was before the world adopted just-in-time inventory, automated invoicing, email communications, and other efficiencies. And that’s why the JBS ransomware attack shut down JBS SA, the world’s largest meat producer.
The press is full of articles about whodunit and consequences. But that’s the wrong focus. We should be asking why our defenses are so bad and how to improve them. Because after the Colonial Pipeline and JBS ransomware attacks, others are sure to follow.
And now politicians and other VIPs are wringing their hands again, wondering what to do. Here are a few tactical suggestions beyond “care and share to be prepared.”