Cyber threats are increasing at an alarming rate and this makes it harder for businesses to manage their huge amount of devices. The amount of cyber attacks and data breaches in recent years is staggering and it's easy to produce a laundry list of companies who are household names that have been affected.
Examples of damages to companies affected by cyber-attacks and data breaches
The amount of cyber attacks and data breaches in recent years is staggering and it's easy to produce a laundry list of companies who are household names that have been affected.
Here is the most common attack example:
Ransomware is a form of malware software that infects your systems and encrypts your files. The user cannot access their data until a ransom is paid in exchange for a decryption key. Once the ransom is paid, a user can only hope that the attacker will provide the decryption key and regain access to their files. In any event, the ransom must be paid to the attacker in Bitcoin and typically ranges from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.
How does ransomware work?
Phishing emails and email phishing campaigns are some of the most popular techniques used to spread ransomware. These types of emails are sent to the victim and contain an attachment. Believing the email is from a trustworthy source, the victim clicks on it and the malware is downloaded and installed without the user’s knowledge.
How to prevent a ransomware attack?
Ransomware prevention requires your organisation to address security issues from three perspectives, focusing on people, process, and technology.
Your organisation’s employees must be trained on how to prevent ransomware attacks, so they follow email best practices, avoid infected sites, and exercise good judgment before opening text and instant messages. Training should be rigorous and ongoing.
Your IT organisation must be sure to have well-thought-out data protection and security policy in place and follow the procedures. As examples, it is critical that you ensure your systems and data are backed up on a timely basis so you can meet Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). It is also imperative that you keep all software – both operating systems and applications – up to date.
Your organisation needs a solution that both protects your data with full-image backups, identifies and stops ransomware attacks, and helps you recover your data in the event a ransomware attack succeeds. In this era of remote work, you also want to be sure that the solution protects remote desktops.
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