I.T. Announcements

RANSOMWARE

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to infect computers and encrypt files until a sum of money or other form of ransom is paid. After the initial infection, ransomware will attempt to spread to connected systems, including shared storage drives and other accessible devices.

Malicious cyber actors commonly distribute ransomware through phishing emails or “drive-by downloads.” Phishing emails are messages that appear to be from a legitimate organization or a contact familiar to the victim, which can entice the user to click on a corrupt link or open an infected attachment. A “drive-by download” is a program that automatically downloads from the internet without the user’s consent and often without their knowledge. It is possible the corrupt code may run after download, without user interaction. After the code has run, the computer becomes infected with ransomware.

Why Should You Care? 
Consequences of a ransomware attack can be severe, and there is no guarantee a user will recover their data, even if they chose to pay the ransom money. On a personal level, an infection can result in financial damage or disclosure of sensitive information. On an organizational level, ransomware can cause business operation disruptions, financial damage from a payout or costly investigations, and reputational damage causing loss of current or potential customers.

Additionally, the goal of ransomware is not always to get money but potentially to serve as a distraction for other malicious purposes. These distractions could be hiding a traditional attack against the network, covering traces of an earlier attack, providing cover while data is stolen from the network, or even limiting or destroying productivity of the system while the IT team is busy dealing with a very visible ransomware infection.

Maintenance Window

All Services: Sunday between 3:00am to 11:00am is reserved for non-routine maintenance on all Montana Tech Core Network Service Hosts. We reserve the right to, without prior notice, take down any service for maintenance during this time. Not all services (service hosts) are taken down each Sunday between 3am and 11am nor are they always unavailable for the full duration of the maintenance window, however... You should still refrain from scheduling ANY critical work during this time.

Upcoming Maintenance

All-day April 15th 
Autocad and Matlab licenses will be unavailable the ability to obtain a network license will be intermittent and full program functionality will be limited.