[talk] Suggest meeting topic: role of BSD in response to ransomware

Sujit K M kmsujit at gmail.com
Tue Jul 11 10:08:54 EDT 2017

On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 7:01 PM, James E Keenan <jkeenan at pobox.com> wrote:
> Here's a topic I wouldn't mind seeing discussed at a future NYCBUG meeting:

Are you suggesting that since FreeBSD is the defacto standard in
Networking Routers?
Or Are you suggesting the High Availability to Loads that it can support?

> Is there a role for the BSDs in response to massive ransomware attacks?

I have never understood these attacks. I find it solely because of
illiterate professionals.
It can always be avoided.

> In the last few months ransomware attacks such as WannaCry
> (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WannaCry_ransomware_attack) have had a
> devastating effect on large organizations.  Organizations affected include
> one of the largest law firms in the country and one of the world's largest
> advertising agency networks.  Such organizations are, typically, "Windows
> shops."
> Suppose that you are a sysadmin or other, non-executive-level techie in such
> an organization.  You've heard about FreeBSD and OpenBSD and you wonder,
> "Would using these OSes have helped us either resist a ransomware attack?
> Could they help us recover better from such an attack?"

I agree We are better equipped.

> I ask because I know such people.  Their organizations have decades of
> investment in Windows, so, under normal circumstances, it's difficult for
> them to argue the case for other OSes.  But these are not normal
> circumstances.  Is there an "elevator pitch" we could provide them for
> exploring BSD?
> Thank you very much.
> Jim Keenan
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