What Can You Do to Stop Ransomware?

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Ransomware Running Rampant

This summer, two catastrophic ransomware attacks–WannaCry and NotPetya bombarded corporations across the globe. As the ransomware threat continues to magnify its reach, it’s imperative to learn how you can protect against ransomware.

Ransomware Protection Strategy

A best practices approach requires a three-step approach: training, security, and backup.

Training: Training and educating your employees is essential to protect your business from ransomware. It’s critical that your staff understands what ransomware is and the significant threat it poses. Share with your team specific examples of suspicious emails with clear instructions on what to do if they encounter a potential ransomware link or email(for example: don’t open attachments, think before you click, if you see something suspicious, communicate it).

It’s also a good idea to conduct quarterly training to inform staff about the risk of ransomware and other emerging cyber threats.

Security: Antivirus software with total data protection is essential for any business to protect against ransomware and other risks. Ensure your security software is up to date to protect against newly identified threats. Keep all business applications patched and updated to minimize vulnerabilities.

Backup: Modern data protection solutions employ snapshot-based, incremental backups as frequently as every five minutes to create a series of recovery points. If your business suffers a ransomware attack, this type of technology allows you to roll-back your data to a point-in-time before the corruption occurred. When it comes to ransomware, the benefits are huge. First, you don’t need to cough over the hefty ransom to get your data back. Second, since you are restoring to a point-in-time before the ransomware infected your systems, you can be certain everything is clean and the malware can not be triggered again.

Utilizing the proper precautions is the best way to protect yourself from any form of ransomware. In the event you’re attacked, the best way to avoid paying a ransom is to have a proper backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution with up-to-date backups. This will allow you to restore your data to a point in time before the infection and retain your data.

Let EnhancedTECH help your business with a comprehensive cyber security strategy. Contact us at 714-970-9330 or at sales@enhancedtech.com

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