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  • Writer's pictureRic Armstrong

Resources to Help Texas SMBs Fight Back Against Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of cyberattack that encrypts a company’s files and demands a ransom payment in order to decrypt them. Ransomware attacks can be very costly and can even put a company out of business.

Ransomware attacks are more common in Dallas than in other parts of the country. This is because Dallas is a major business center and there are a lot of businesses that use outdated software and have poor security practices. The state of Texas has a number of resources available to help small businesses protect themselves from ransomware attacks. These resources include:

The Texas Cybersecurity Compliance Program: This program provides small businesses with free cybersecurity training and resources.

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR): The DIR offers a number of cybersecurity resources for small businesses, including a guide to ransomware prevention and a list of approved cybersecurity vendors.

The Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA offers a number of resources to help small businesses recover from a ransomware attack, including financial assistance and technical assistance.

In addition to these resources, the state of Texas also has a number of laws and regulations in place that are designed to help protect small businesses from ransomware attacks. These laws and regulations include:

The Texas Cybersecurity Act of 2021: This law requires critical infrastructure entities in Texas to adopt and implement cybersecurity measures.

The Texas Data Security Act of 2021: This law requires businesses that collect or maintain the personal information of Texas residents to implement and maintain reasonable security measures to protect that information.

By taking advantage of these resources and complying with these laws and regulations, small businesses in Texas can help protect themselves from ransomware attacks. Here are some additional resources that small businesses in Texas can use to protect themselves from ransomware attacks:

·The Texas Cybersecurity Council: The Texas Cybersecurity Council is a public-private partnership that provides resources and guidance to help businesses in Texas protect themselves from cyber threats.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC): The NCCIC is a federal agency that provides cybersecurity resources and assistance to businesses and state and local governments.

The SANS Institute: The SANS Institute is a non-profit organization that provides cybersecurity training and resources to businesses and individuals.

By using these resources, small businesses in Texas can help protect themselves from ransomware attacks and stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.

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