How To Protect Your Company From Ransomware
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware can be simply defined as malware that holds a company’s/person’s data hostage, which can only be accessed after the victim has paid a ransom. The ransomware works by encrypting all files in the infected computer or network, e.g., documents, videos, pictures, etc., locks you out of the operating system. The malware then proceeds to infect all other computers on the infected PC’s network. Some of the most common types and examples of ransomware include Wannacry, UIWIX, Petya, Cerber, and Cryptowall.
Top 5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Ransomware
- Backup Everything
- Make a habit of backing up all essential data at least once every day, especially at the close of each day. Be sure to back up the data to an offline storage device, the cloud, or both. This way, the attacker will only get his/her hands to a day’s worth of work, hence have no way of stealing or destroying your valuable data.
- Screen All Emails And External Links
- Most forms of ransomware are distributed through email, where the attacker will embed a malicious link to the email or advertisement. That said, you want to warn everyone in the office from clicking on any links send to them via email, especially if the email is from an unverified source. You can also have your IT support staff screen all emails to ensure such malicious emails never pass through.
- Invest In A Strong Firewall And Antivirus
- Installing a strong-enough firewall will go a long way in protecting you against ransomware attacks. Although the firewall and antivirus may not guarantee 100% protection against newer and more advanced ransomware attacks, they will certainly protect you from known ransomware. The firewall will also ensure your computer system isn’t exposed to the outside world, making it a lot harder for anyone to target you online.
Hackers use the ‘human element’ to gain access to your network and computer systems. The best way to protect yourself from cyberattacks, in addition to making regular offline backups, and investing in a solid firewall system, is to invest in employee cybersecurity awareness training. These training programs help educate them on the various ways to protect themselves, and company data, from malicious attacks and ransomware. You could also hire a cybersecurity firm to help keep your data secure as well.