NEWSLETTER: Protecting Yourself and Your Business Against Ransomware Attacks

A MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN HOYER

Last week, I hosted a roundtable discussion with Southern Maryland businesses and local government officials to discuss the aftermath of the July 2nd ransomware attack that impacted several technology systems in Southern Maryland. I have long fought to prioritize digital modernization and cyber security in Congress. Earlier this year, while Congress debated the American Rescue Plan, I fought to ensure this legislation included $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund. This important program, originally developed by my office in 2016, equips federal agencies with the funding and resources to modernize outdated equipment. The American Rescue Plan also set aside an additional $650 million to help us better assist and respond to cyberattacks. 

The July 2nd cyber attack was a serious reminder of how easy it is for our local businesses and even personal lives to fall victim to hackers. Though I am pleased that President Biden has taken a stand against cyber threats, especially those that originate in Russia, we must take our own precautions and stay vigilant. There are several actions you can take and resources you can use to protect yourself against these cyber threats

Below, you will find a detailed list of free resources and information to safeguard against ransomware attacks like the one that happened in our community on July 2nd: 

Click the hyperlinks below to be directed to Cybersecurity Grants and Resources

Federal Government Resources:

  • Federal Communications Commission 
  • Department Homeland Security 
  • Department of Defence  
    • Project Spectrum is a DoD sponsored initiative to provide companies, institutions, and organizations with a comprehensive, cost-effective platform of cybersecurity information, resources, tools, and training. 
  • Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Small Business Association 

Maryland Resources

 As always, I encourage all Fifth District residents to continue to share their concerns and insights with me by contacting my office or connecting with me on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. If you are experiencing a personal difficulty such as issues accessing veterans benefits or another problem regarding a federal agency and you wish for my office to place an inquiry on your behalf, please complete the casework request form by clicking here.

Sincerely Yours,   
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Steny H. Hoyer  

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