How can you protect your business from ransomware?

How can you protect your business from ransomware?

Ransomware – a form of malware used by cybercriminals to hold your data hostage until a fee is paid.

This is not a new concept, however, the recent size of the attack by WannaCry has been the largest seen, according to Europol, infecting more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries*. Most worryingly, this particular strain of ransomware has hit, and infiltrated, multi-national organisations, who spend millions of pounds every year on their cyber security.

But how easily could it have been avoided and how can firms protect themselves against future attacks?

Here are a few ways that you can protect your business:

Run regular backups

By regularly backing up your data you can restore files without having to pay up should you be infected, as there is no guarantee that paying the ransom will result in your files being unlocked.

The use of antivirus

Antivirus is a software program used to search and remove known viruses found in your system. Updating your antivirus is essential to ensure to that it can check for new viruses when they are discovered. A good antivirus should have strong anti-ransomware capabilities, to protect you from this threat.

Employ a robust firewall

A firewall is a network security device that monitors and controls traffic on your system based on agreed security rules that helps to prevent unauthorised access. Although this will protect your business against the majority of internet based infections, it cannot protect against infections that have been brought into the network from an external source, such as a mobile device or external hard drive.

Consider regular IT audits

By running regular IT audits you will be able to identify any areas of concern in your current system, which once addressed, will ensure that your systems remain secure.

Educate your staff

Educating staff should be treated as the main line of defence when it comes to protecting your business. By training staff to be able to spot, and deal with anything suspicious in the correct manner it means that procedures will be in place to keep your network safe.

Want to know more?

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