The Common CyberThreat: Ransomware Attack
Ransomware, a malware variant, infiltrates systems and encrypts files. Data remains inaccessible until a ransom is paid for a decryption key. After payment, users hope for the key's release. Ransoms, often in Bitcoin, range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
How Ransomware Operates:
Phishing emails, including attachments, distribute ransomware. Victims unknowingly download and install malware from seemingly trustworthy sources.
Protection demands a three-pronged approach: people, processes, and technology.
People: Train employees to follow email best practices, avoid harmful sites, and exercise caution with messages.
Process: Implement a solid data protection and security policy, focusing on regular backups and software updates.
Technology: Employ a solution that backs up data, detects and halts attacks, and aids in recovery. Remote desktops also require safeguarding in the age of remote work.