Ransomware is a type of malware attack that prevents organisations from accessing their own data or computer system until they pay a ransom to obtain a decryption key.
No industry is immune from ransomware attacks. With ransomware attacks on the rise, businesses of all sizes have found themselves vulnerable and struggling to reduce risk or respond to an attack.
Don’t leave the door open to attacks
There are several security vulnerabilities that leave computing networks open to ransomware. Most incidents involve an unsuspecting individual clicking on a suspect link or email attachment.
Systems with out-of-date software can also be compromised to help spread ransomware. The widespread use of mobile devices by today’s workforce has also escalated the risk of malware attacks.
In addition to paying a stiff ransom, victims may suffer costly business downtime and, in some industries, fines and penalties for data breaches – not to mention a loss in reputation as well.
Companies that pay the ransom to recover their data still face the threat of significant data loss if their files are altered during the decryption process and don’t forget that many victims of ransomware never recover their data even if they do pay the ransom.
Here at AionSolution we recommend businesses follow these steps to minimise the threat of ransomware and the damage it may cause:
- Protect your data
- Backup your data
- Check what you are backing up
- Regularly backup
- Keep your latest back up safe
So, in one word, BACKUP.
For more information on cyber security and ransomware or how to keep your business’ data safe, please call 2636 6177 or reach us here.