Tips to Prevent Ransomware

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No company wants to tell their customers or shareholders they have been hit by Ransomware. Despite the obvious hassles of recovering encrypted data and paying the ransom, the bigger impact may be the long term reputation management of facing an attack.

Here are a few tips to prevent a ransomware attack:

  • Prepare Your Front Line of Defense: The three main causes of ransomware are: phishing, a lack of cybersecurity training, and weak passwords. Unfortunately, employees don’t recognize the signs of ransomware and therefore make their companies vulnerable to attacks. To mitigate the risk, it’s imperative to provide regular and mandatory cybersecurity training to ensure all employees can spot and avoid a potential phishing scam in their inbox, a leading entry point for ransomware.
  • Have a Continuity Strategy: There’s no sure way of preventing ransomware, although antivirus, perimeter protection, and patch management are essential. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) is the number one solution for combating ransomware. A solid, fast, and reliable BCDR solution should be one part of the strategy to maintain operations despite a ransomware attack. Since ransomware can easily spread across networks and SaaS applications, endpoint and SaaS backup solutions designed for fast restores are also critical.
  • Leverage Multiple Solutions to Prepare for the Worst: Today’s standard security solutions are no match for ransomware which can penetrate organizations in multiple ways. Reducing the risk of infections requires a multilayered approach rather than a single product. These layered approaches can include BCDR, employee training, patch management, unified threat management, antivirus/anti-malware software, and more.
  • Have a Dedicated Cybersecurity Professional to Ensure Business Continuity: SMBs often rely on a “computer savvy” staff member to handle their IT support and not an IT expert. Research shows that downtime costs are up by 200 percent year-over-year, and the cost of downtime is 23x greater than the average ransom, so it is well worth the investment to hire an individual who is focused on keeping your business and your customers safe. If a company cannot afford a complete IT staff for 24/7 cybersecurity monitoring, they should be leveraging a managed service provider (MSP) that has the time and resources to anticipate and protect a company from the latest cybersecurity threats.

If you need assistance with managed IT services and security give EnhancedTECH a call at 714-970-9330 or contact us at [email protected]

Source: datto’s “Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report”

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