Ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users in all industries and businesses of all sizes. On average, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since January 1, 2016. This is a 300-percent increase over the approximately 1,000 attacks per day seen in 2015.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a form of malware that targets your critical data and systems for the purpose of extortion. Ransomware is frequently delivered through spearphishing emails. After the user has been locked out of the data or system, the cyber actor demands a ransom payment.
Ransomware can lead to temporary or permanent loss of sensitive or proprietary information, disruption to regular operations, financial losses incurred to restore systems and files, and potential harm to an organization’s reputation.
This is a very serious risk that business managers must address. There are very effective prevention and response actions that can significantly mitigate the risk posed to your organization.
How to Fight Ransomware
The following best practices protecting your network from ransomware and mitigation strategies were developed by the U.S. government for C-Level executives at all businesses.
- Educate your employees/users
ACE IT Solutions offers security awareness training and phishing testing where simulated phishing attacks are sent to users to judge how phish-prone your users are.
- Be Proactive
Prevention is the best defense against ransomware. ACE IT Solutions can tailor a cybersecurity program specifically for your risk tolerance and budget.
- Use a strong spam filter and implement technologies that block spoofing emails
ACE IT Solutions’ makes use of technologies like Sender Policy Framework (SPF) to strengthen email security.
- Configure firewalls to block access to known malicious IP addresses
Contact ACE IT Solutions to schedule a cybersecurity assessment to be sure your firewalls are properly configured.
- Use a centralized patch management system to ensure all devices get updated regularly and set anti-virus and anti-malware programs to conduct regular scans automatically.
We offer patch management and regular network scans as part of our managed services.
- Manage access controls
This is offered as part of our managed services and is utterly essential for maintaining network integrity.
- Back up your data and test your backups
This is your secret weapon against ransomware. ACE IT Solutions partners with Datto to offer a backup solution that can beat hackers at their own game.
- Conduct an annual penetration test and vulnerability assessment
ACE IT Solutions partners with IBM to deliver assessment services. Through our partnership with IBM, ACE IT Solutions leverages one of the world’s largest collections of security information to help protect our clients’ networks.
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Download “How to Protect Your Network from Ransomware” for more guidance on how to protect against and respond to dangerous malware and ransomware incidences.