Business owners learn about ransomware, cybersecurity

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- In the wake of Lake City being forced to pay nearly $500,000 ransom to get files back after a malware attack, area business owners had the chance to learn ways on how to protect their systems.

The Gainesville Chamber of Commerce along with Baseline Systems hosted a lunch to teach business owners about cybersecurity.

Ransomware is a type of software that is designed to deny access to a computer system until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware can be spread through emails and by visiting infected websites.

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“My advice would be to get a third party to check over your IT whether you have an internal IT department or an existing IT firm,” said Brian Smith, owner of Baseline Systems. “Find someone else to come in and give you a report card of how your current security standard is."

In a recent survey provided by Baseline Systems, there have been 44 instances of local companies being hit with ransomware.

“Always keep your password changed,” Smith said. “Use a password manager that will allow you to keep track of all of your passwords and use long passwords, complicated passwords. Let the password manager work for you and stay active on it."