First a quick explanation: Ransomware is Extortion. It locks down your computer and encrypts files. It’s found in emails inducing people to click on an attachment and link, also found in security downloads. Demand is made and if you don't pay, your files are lost or you can’t access your system.
The first step in protecting your business is to start with your front line defenders: your employees. Training employees on ransomware – what it is, how it works and the methods by which it is distributed – is one of the most effective ways to reduce the threat of ransomware.
Additionally, these recommendations can help protect you against a ransomware attack:
• Be careful when opening email attachments even when they appear to come from someone you know; likewise, don't download software from untrustworthy or unfamiliar websites.
• Back up important files regularly and keep at least one copy "offline" to prevent that backup from being affected by the malware.
• Make sure your operating system and third party software are properly patched (i.e., Internet browsers, Flash, Java and Adobe Reader).
• Utilize antivirus software with up-to-date definitions. It's important to note that antivirus will not catch all malware. Most internet providers provide this for free.
Preventing ransomware and other breaches should be one of your biggest concerns in your business today. Unfortunately there is no way to be 100% safe from this so having the proper protection in place in case it does happen is critical. Please be aware that standard Business Owners Insurance and Liability Insurance policies do not cover ransomware attacks. To be protected properly, you need Data Breach & Cyber Liability Insurance. Not to worry, we have the solution for you. Click here to receive a no obligation quote: Data Breach & Cyber Liability Insurance quote request or give me a call at 888-512-8878.
Author: Gustavo Ruano, CIC, CLCS, CISR