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A key is the numerical value used to control cryptographic operations, such as decryption, encryption, signature generation, or signature verification. Without a proper key, one would not be able to decrypt information needed.

What Does This Mean For An SMB?

Your business needs to take proactive measures today to first reduce its chances of being hit by ransomware, phishing, or other cybersecurity attacks. Secondly, validate backups and disaster recovery plans are current and functioning in case you end up hit with ransomware. CyberHoot recommends the following best practices to avoid, prepare for, and prevent damage from these attacks:

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Related Terms: Private Key, Public Key, Secret Key, Symmetric Key

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