In the last couple of years, ransomware has become a leading cyber threat for every online user. Whether its government organizations, businesses or individual users, ransomware is not sparing anyone from its shenanigans. In 2017, a single ransomware outbreak infected more than 150,000 devices worldwide. This clearly shows the outreach of ransomware damages.
Businesses are the favorite target of ransomware operators because data is considered a precious commodity in commercial operations. By encrypting the crucial sets of data, ransomware operators get in the position to demand hefty amounts for decrypting the locked down files.
In order to protect your business from playing into the hands of ransomware operators and to avoid spend hefty sums on ransomware removal and recovery measures, it is imperative to devise a sound ransomware prevention strategy to neutralize the threat of ransomware.
Train Your Staff
It is a hard truth that businesses don’t train and educate their staff on cybersecurity and the safe use of the Internet. A simple survey can reveal the lack of knowledge of the majority of employees on the subject. A large number of employees, who have extensive use of the Internet and online communications in their job, can’t tell the difference between normal e-mail, phishing piece or spear phishing.
Similarly, workers don’t know what insecure web addresses are and how to avoid accessing them. Statistics have shown that a large number of cyber attacks happen because of human error. In many cases, lack of knowledge and awareness is concealed behind this ‘human error’.
Keep in mind that a single wrong click will be enough to unleash the monster of ransomware on your business network and devices. So, it is essential to provide enough knowledge and education to the people managing the digital façade of your business.
- Conduct workshops on social engineering tactics used by ransomware operators. Phishing, the most common delivery method of ransomware payload, is a successful demonstration of social engineering.
- Educate your staff about safe surfing on the web.
Maintain Data Backups
Data is the primary target of ransomware attacks. If your crucial business data is backed up on regular basis, then the threat of ransomware will be automatically neutralized. Businesses can avail several options to manage data backups. From using offline means of magnetic tapes to online cloud storage, you can pick the backup protocol that suits your business operations.
Secure and Update Your Network and Devices
Ransomware strains often exploit different hidden vulnerabilities in the operating system and applications to inflict their encryption activity. For instance, WannaCry used a glitch in the system files of Windows OS to make its infiltration successful. For that reason, software developers constantly come up with patch upgrades. Make sure that you update your devices with every pertinent patch. This will surely help in putting off the crypto virological activity of many ransomware strains.
Apart from that, have your system and network equipped with robust antivirus and other security software applications for the sake of maintaining effective ransomware prevention protocols.