Any firm, large or small, needs to ensure their client sensitive information is protected. A cyber-attack or malicious software infection can be a threat to the privacy of the data that is held in your systems. Therefore, it is critical to have a strategy in place to prevent attacks that may put your firm’s data at risk – most of all ransomware. Don’t let this fall on deaf ears! Recently, the town of Wasaga paid $30,000 to get their data back. In September the town of Midland was infected. The money for the ransom is less than it would have cost to protect their systems in the first instance.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is an ever-present threat that takes your computer’s data and holds it for “ransom”, not allowing the user to have access unless a payment is made. Many businesses are found to be victims of this with 81% experiencing ransomware to some extent. Further, 22% of businesses that had an infection terminated their business in response to the attack.
Ransomware can be end up on your system in many different ways:
- spam through e-mails
- web site links
- USB sticks
- VPN connectgions
- Phishing attacks.
For example, impersonation a popular website through a link and site that look familiar can be a tactic used to lure unsuspecting users to infect their computers. Another avenue for Ransomware is through advertisements. When users click on ads, it can allow access for the attack to enter a user’s computer, known as “malvertising”.
What can you do to prevent Ransomware?
Being even one step ahead of a virus can save a lot of hassle and ensure security. Making sure that systems and antivirus software are up to date can help keep an eye out for potential threats/attacks to the network. Don’t use free software, purchase a highly rated program such as Webroot SecureAnywhere. In addition, advising employees and workers to be careful about the links they open and sites they click on would be beneficial. You can also provide training to your employees on how to spot suspect email. Of course, using and external company to prescreen your email for malicious content is a must in today’s environment.
Whether you are trying to put up safeguards to prevent Ransomware or whether you are already infected, reaching out to a professional IT company will help to boost the security for your firm!
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Triella offers many services that specializes in protecting your business. No system is bulletproof, but you want you profile to be better than that of your competition! Call us to discuss your needs at 647.426.1004.