It’s no secret that ransomware attacks are on the rise. These attacks are front page news. Recent successes have only encouraged their use. As companies scramble to protect themselves from cyber gangs, new tactics are being developed daily to prevent these attacks, as well as determine how to respond in the event of a ransom.

 

What are ransomware attacks?

Ransomware attacks start by targeting the human aspect of companies and exploiting them. Hackers will either send malware disguised as an email, link, attachment, advertisement, or a downloadable program, to an employee’s email. which Once the employee clicks on the infected information, the malware is released and begins its path of destruction on the company’s servers. A hacker could also obtain a username or password by tricking users with a phone call or phishing email.

 

We have compiled a list of the top three ways you and your company can help prevent a ransomware attack. These strategies can also double as mitigation techniques in the event an attack does take place.

 

1. Security Awareness Training

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  The human element can make any company vulnerable.  That is why it is important to train your employees correctly. Even just knowing the basics can save your employees from clicking on a suspicious email. It is best to schedule regular training sessions with your staff to make sure they are aware of the latest tactics employed by cybercriminals.

 

2. Have the Right Backup

It is critical to backup your company’s data. But traditional backups may not be enough.  If cybercriminals have infiltrated your network, anything attached to that local network is at risk.  This includes your local servers and backup devices.

Detach – Many businesses are switching to cloud-based backups that are physically detached from their businesses because they are safer than traditional backups. These offsite backups keep a copy of your data in a secure data center, separated from your current network.  This ensures you can safely restore your infrastructure in the event of an attack.

Versioned –  Traditional backups are typically triggered on a timed basis, or schedule.  This can lead to gaps of missing data between scheduled backups, leaving your company information unrecoverable should your environment become infected.  Frequent versioned backups keep your company more secure.  These backups are triggered by  keep a certain number of revisions as each file changes.

Image Based – These types of backups take a snapshot of your entire hard disk.  That means that if you need to transfer everything you have to another computer, you can open that new computer with everything already loaded, rather than IT having to download each file and installing applications individually for every userThis tactic minimizes restoration time and gets your business back up and running faster.

 

3. Get a Second Opinion from a 3rd Party

As with many services, it’s always best to get a second opinion on your cybersecurity stance.  Bringing in an outside firm can provide a fresh perspective on potential vulnerabilities in your environment. Many of these firms offer free consultations. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about products, services, and solutions that may be new to you.

 

With so many options out there, Cii is dedicated to your security. Call now for a FREE security assessment and consultation.

 

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