Ransomware can take different forms, but in its essence, it is a particularly nasty type of malicious software that denies access to data or a device until a ransom is paid. In the United States, it is estimated that ransomware attacks costs businesses more than $75 billion per year. It is not just large organizations that are being impacted, it is also small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and even individuals at home that are being targeted with cyberattacks.
Ransomware can encrypt files not only on a single device but can also travel across your network to encrypt files located on network drives. One infected user can bring a halt to a department or entire organization.
Here are five important tips to protect your devices and data from ransomware:
1. Employee Training
Train employees so they know what to look out for, security best practices, and how to identify threats. Employees that are properly trained can serve as your organization’s first line of defense against cybercriminals.
2. Network Segmentation
Put critical data on separate network segments and consider internal firewalls or physical separation. Firewalls are fundamental for protecting a company’s data, computers, and networks. They are required for compliance with mandates like PCI DSS, HIPAA, and GDPR. This is a must-have for any sized business.
3. Backup and Restore
Backups are essential for lessening the impact of ransomware. Make sure you have a robust backup and process in place. Test the backup to ensure you know how to use it and that the backup is working.
4. Stay Up to Date
Security patches and software updates are a critical and easy way to help protect your devices. Being diligent in updating systems and software will help make the most of technology investments.
5. Monitor, Detect, Respond
Focus on threat detection, 24/7 monitoring and incident investigation and response to detect known and unknown attacks.
Aligned Technology Solutions can help your business better prepare for cyberattacks. We offer comprehensive cybersecurity solutions that includes malware and antivirus protections, web filtering, firewalls, advanced encryption, cybersecurity awareness training and more.
Contact us today for a free security consultation to discuss what type of solution would be best for your business.