Up to 1,500 businesses affected in ransomware attack targeting IT software management company | #malware | #ransomware

Several small to mid-sized businesses have been affected by a ransomware attack targeting Kaseya VSA, a software management company used widely by managed service providers that handle IT needs for companies in the health care sector, including many dental practices.

The ransomware attack occurred July 2 and affected up to 1,500 businesses, according to a Kaseya advisory. The advisory provides an overview of the ongoing investigation and Kaseya’s steps to work with managed service providers to prevent the spread of malware.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI advise businesses to ensure their backups are up to date and stored in an easily retrievable location that is separate from the organizational network. 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency announced the launch of a new U.S. government website that helps companies protect themselves against the rise in ransomware attacks. The site includes ransomware alerts, reports and resources from CISA and the FBI. 

Get added protection with TDIC’s Cyber Suite Liability coverage

TDIC policyholders with comprehensive Business Owner’s Commercial Property Insurance can benefit from the additional protection of Cyber Suite Liability. This policy is designed to help practice owners respond to a full range of cyber incidents, including data breaches, computer attacks and extortion.  

CDA members can also take advantage of TDIC’s Risk Management cybersecurity resources, which provide an overview of cyber risks and targets and include guidance on how to respond and mitigate a cyberattack.  

TDIC’s Risk Management hub features additional resources, including seminars, eLearning and an advice line to help policyholders protect patients, staff and their practice.  

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