WannaCry forces victims to BUY
WannaCrypt (Wanna cry) ransomware is the latest grim reaper of the virus world. Government agencies and businesses alike were struck with the virus resulting in incredible loss of data and funds. Over 200,000 computers were affected across 150 countries. So you can only imagine how the business world came to a screeching halt.
Without contingency plans or proper precautions in place, users were scrambling to retrieve their data and limit the damage. We would all like to assume this is a new evil we couldn’t have prepared for, but that could not be further from the truth! According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, over 18 million in losses were reported between April 2014 and June 2015 due to Cryptowall related breaches. This has been an issue for years but it seems the world is just a little slow on the uptake. Although the Wanna cry kill switch was identified, the danger isn’t over – yet. Experts foresee Wanna cry being the first of many to come and may have just been testing the waters of susceptibility.
So how can you protect your business from ransomware like Wanna cry and copycats that follow?
Ensure your systems are up to date
Are you still running on aging systems like Windows XP? Be honest – this is a safe space. Putting off the upgrade might seem fine for now, but those operating systems of days’ past aren’t continually supported by developers. No updates = security threats galore. Microsoft was said to have released a security update which addresses the vulnerability that these attacks are exploiting back in March. Users have been encouraged to deploy the newest patches. So have you?
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Ransomware is usually unleashed through social engineering techniques. Teach employees to avoid clickbait, not to open attachments from unknown senders, and viewing and downloading known attachments with caution is more than half of the battle. In addition to explaining techniques to your staff, there are also limitations you can place on user’s accounts to
Have a backup plan in plan in place
Back up your data and back it up often. By removing the ransomware completely you will be able to access your encrypted data and restore your files. And the old server in the back closet? Please send it back to 1997 where it belongs, there are just too many opportunities for failure. Speak to an expert on cloud storage solutions that fit your business needs. Not only does this cover systemic failures but natural disasters also.
Take the next step in security
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