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Ransomware reality check: All IT departments need a security plan, starting with a strong data backup policy

Get the right policies in place to improve security and establish regular backups.

Ransomware is, unfortunately, now a way of life, forcing users to choose between losing data or extortion. Intellectual property and other sensitive data can be exposed to competitors and the public at large when user data on workstations, laptops, and mobile devices is compromised. Productivity, operations, and company reputation can be placed in jeopardy as well. To combat this, every organization should make regular backups of all end user data stored on both company-provided and employee-owned systems a priority. 

Here is a look at the current state of ransomware and what IT departments can do to protect their company data.

SEE: End user data backup policy (TechRepublic Premium)

Build better defenses

Europol’s No More Ransom project is designed to lessen the threat of ransomware by offering free decryption tools for hundreds of different families of ransomware, as

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Gov. Abbott announces legislative proposal against defunding police departments

The governor launched a “Back the Blue” pledge that he wants Texans to sign and post on social media.

Updated at 1:49 p.m. Thursday with the response from Texas Democrats. 

Gov. Greg Abbott is set to announce a legislative proposal Thursday afternoon to keep police departments in Texas funded. However, Texas Democrats say the governor is distracting from the real issue impacting most residents: coronavirus.

The governor is scheduled to announce the proposed legislation at 2 p.m. Thursday. The legislation is designed to stop any defunding of Texas police departments.

Abbott has launched a “Back the Blue” pledge he wants everyone to sign and post on social media. 

“I am calling every Texan and every candidate for public office regardless of party affiliation to join me in signing a pledge against defunding our police departments,” Abbott said in a video.

State Democrats issued their own pledge on Thursday,

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