LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — There's been a lot of focus on ransomware -- what hackers use to hold a network hostage and demand a fee.
The solution to the global rip-off could come from right here in the U.S.
Adam Alotaibi and Alexander Hernandez help keep Port San Antonio running.
The duo also keeps a close eye on security from cyber attacks and viruses.
"It's terrorism at the data level. We get alerted all the time. Thousands of times a day," they say.
Experts say most people take cyber security for granted.
"When they get their computers, laptops, PCs, even tablets out of the box, they come with a lot of anti-virus tools," said Jeff Medina.
Our San Antonio Sinclair sister station learned Medina and his team at IP Secure are working on new ways to protect businesses and individuals from ransomware, which will infect a computer and encrypt the data files on the machine.
"They're going to look for any type of organization, any type of data, anybody that's willing to pay that ransom, so to speak," said Medina.
Operators are developing new protection systems by combining commercial and government tool sets.
"They can create any type of tactics, techniques, and procedures to put together so we can continue to thwart nefarious activity from occurring on the DOD networks," said Medina.
The experts want to pass this along: the best way to protect yourself from a rip-off is to learn the different kinds of cyber attacks and how they might try to get your data.