Ransomware is everywhere these days, impacting businesses of all sizes and industries. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts data on infected systems and is a steady stream of income for cyber extortionists. When the malware is run, it locks victim’s files and allows criminals to demand payment to release them.
Ransomware attacks hit a new high in 2016. According to Datto, ransomware attacks increased ten-fold in just the first three months of 2016. Experts say no business is immune from ransomware and business should be prepared to deal with an attack.
Ransomware is distributed in a variety of ways and is difficult to protect against because, just like the flu virus, it is constantly evolving. Here are some steps you can take to protect against having your data and systems held hostage by a hacker:
- Educate employees. The majority of ransomware attacks start with a successful social engineering campaign, such as phishing. Educate employees about how to recognize phishing emails and what to do when they receive a suspicious email.
- Updated security and patch management. Keep your systems updated. Ransomware is always evolving and your threat protection systems should evolve as well.
- Backup, backup, backup. ACE IT Solutions uses Datto’s total data protection solutions to take snapshot-based, incremental backups as frequently as every five minutes to create a series of recovery points. If your business suffers a ransomware attack, this technology allows you to roll-back your data to a point-in-time before the corruption occurred. No need to pay a ransom to hackers who may or may not provide the key to getting your data back. Additionally, since you are restoring to a point-in-time before the ransomware infected your systems, you can be certain everything is clean and the malware can not be triggered again.
Contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.6358 to schedule a complimentary backup assessment. We will assess your backup and disaster recovery system to ensure you can recover quickly from disruptions — including ransomware.