Lessons from a Real-World Ransomware Attack on Research

Thursday, June 10 | 12:25p.m. - 12:45p.m. ET
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Simulive Session
In this talk, co-presented by the Michigan State University (MSU) Information Security Office and Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, we will describe the impact and lessons learned from a real-world ransomware attack on MSU researchers in 2020, and what researchers and information security professionals can do to prevent and mitigate such attacks. Ransomware attackers have expanded their pool of potential victims beyond those with economically valuable data. In the context of higher ed, this insidious development means researchers, who used to be uninteresting to cybercriminals, are now targets. During the first part of the presentation, we will explain the MSU ransomware incident and how it hurt research. During the second part, we will elaborate on mitigation strategies and techniques that could protect current and future academic researchers. Finally, we will conclude with a question-and-answer session in which audience members are encouraged to ask Trusted CI staff about how to engage researchers on information security. Trusted CI has unique expertise in building trust with the research community and in framing the cybersecurity information for them. Trusted CI regularly engages with researchers, rarely security professionals, and has a track record of success in communicating with researchers about cybersecurity risks.

Speakers

  • Andrew Adams

    Security Manager / CISO, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tom Siu

    Chief Information Security Officer, Michigan State University
  • Von Welch

    Director, CACR, Indiana University