Our friends at KnowBe4 are so confident in their proactive security training – that they will pay the Bitcoin ransom for any of their customers who become infected with ransomware. Conditions obviously apply – but still a very intriguing offer.–PC Pitstop
KnowBe4 Will Pay Your CryptoLocker Ransom
By Stu Sjouwerman, for KnowBe4.com Security Awareness Training
We are so confident our training works, we’ll pay your ransom in Bitcoin if you get hit with ransomware while you are a customer. – Stu Sjouwerman, Founder and CEO, KnowBe4
KnowBe4 announced Thu, Jun 05, 2014 @ 01:26 that as a special offer that we will pay your ransom in Bitcoin if you get hit with ransomware due to human error of an employee. The FBI estimates 234,000 people have been hit with ransomware like CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense/CryptoWall and CryptoBit to the tune of $30 million in ransom fees in Sept-Dec 2013 alone. The US Dept of Justice claimed more than 300,000 computers had been “freed” from the ransomware in Operation Tovar that ran early June 2014.
We think now is a very good time for you to seize the moment and train your employees with Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training. Anyone hit with any kind of ransomware, (CryptoLocker being a good example) knows how destructive it can be. With the large number of phishing threats hitting companies, people can become immune to alerts.
We help you be more proactive and train employees to learn which Red Flags to look for and how to keep themselves and your network protected. Often, antivirus does not recognize a new CryptoLocker variant and an end user clicks on a link or opens an infected attachment, and encrypts their local files or worse, a whole file share.