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How to Reinforce Your Cybersecurity During Upsurge in Iowa Ransomware Attacks

Cyberseucirty in Iowa

October 26, 2021

As ransomware attacks increase in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA’s) region seven — which includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska — the organization is outlining priorities and resources that can help small businesses protect themselves against these threats.

What You Can Do

There are a number of steps you can take within your organization to build a strong cybersecurity foundation, including:

  1. Turn on multi-factor authentication.
  2. Update your software.
  3. Think before you click.
  4. Use strong passwords (and ideally a password manager).

Other Resources

CISA has put together no-cost resources to help leadership understand and prevent security issues. Resources include a Cyber Essentials guide, FBI Cyber Investigative Response of key cybersecurity considerations and Cybersecurity 101 Video Series, which includes the following videos:

  • Recognize Ransomware
  • Fend Off Phishing
  • Countering Disinformation in Social Media
  • Security Update Race

Watch the first video in the series below:


Finally, if you’re looking for more information on CISA’s National Cyber Awareness System, you can find tips, subscription information and more here, as well as learn more about cybersecurity training and exercises, insights, guidance and more here. You can also email CISAregion7@CISA.DHS.GOV if you have questions on reinforcing your business’ cybersecurity.

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Meg Schneider

Meg Schneider is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level executives in successful nonprofit organizations.