Ransomware is malicious software (malware) that encrypts files and then displays a message about how access can be regained by paying a ransom. There is no guarantee paying the ransom will actually restore access to those files.
Not only can it cause a complete loss of access to files on your local machine, but also to any shared networked drive(s). This means your misstep can not only lead to the loss of your baby pictures, but may also cause others to lose access to their files which may include dissertations, budgets, music, accounts receivable files, etc.
Sara Chambers, IU’s Chief Privacy Officer, and Tim Goth, incident response manager for the University Information Policy Office, share insights and tips for keeping your digital data and that of others safe.
Public Safety and Institutional Assurance falls under the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO.