Realizing that your business’s most sensitive data has been held hostage by ransomware can leave you feeling helpless. Here’s 7 tips to protect your business.
Ransomware is one of the most insidious and diabolical weapons in a hacker’s arsenal because it effectively locks you out of your entire network — until you pay the ransom, that is.
Other types of cyberattacks may steal your data right from under your nose or insert malicious code into your system. Yet for all intents and purposes, you can still access and utilize your essential networks.
With ransomware, however, your business grinds to a halt, and you’re completely at the mercy of extortionists and thieves. Because there’s no honor among thieves, you can’t be sure that even paying the ransom will get your business back to normal again.
Protecting against ransomware
Although ransomware attacks can be devastating to any business, they are preventable as long as your business takes the proper precautions. Because many ransomware attacks are instigated through pure human error, with employees mistakenly clicking on something they shouldn’t, a simple awareness program can be an effective defense against these types of attacks.
In the unfortunate event that your business is the victim of a ransomware attack, having current backups of your data ready to go can save your productivity.
The guide below contains these and many more tips to help protect your business from ransomware. Don’t let yourself experience that helpless feeling — be prepared.
Author: Chris Cronin is a partner, principal consultant and ISO 27001 auditor for HALOCK Security Labs, a leading information security firm located in Chicago. Cronin has more than 15 years of experience helping organizations with policy design, security controls, audit, risk assessment and information security management systems within a cohesive risk management process. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at information security conferences and events.