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Ransomware cyber attacks
This article “How to Prevent Ransomware Cyber Attacks” has been updated with the latest information as of November 2023
Businesses need to know about the threat of cyber attacks more than ever. We are currently part of the ongoing revolution that continues to move our society into the digital world and affect how we conduct business. Data is becoming more important to us and acts as a catalyst for growth in addition to the concept of ‘big data’ taking the stage in the cybersecurity environment.
The amount of data created every day is close to 330 zettabytes
In recent years, organisations are striving to become more technologically advanced and efficient. With this, higher volumes of sensitive data are stored and generated on internal assets such as computers and hard drives.
But what are the consequences of such a world?
Ransomware is malicious software that uses encryption to hold sensitive data hostage, made possible through exploiting computer software. In return, victims are forced to submit funds to restore and retrieve their data.
As ransomware technology evolves and attackers become more diligent and skillful, these kinds of cyber-attacks are becoming harder to detect.
We need to become a more united force and put more into preventing these malicious ransomware attacks. Here are a few simple steps your enterprise should take to be one step ahead:
Educate your workforce about Cyber Attacks
This may seem like one of the most obvious steps but many businesses consider this a low priority and don’t take the time to educate their workforce on how to sport ransomware attempts.
Cyber attacks can be cut short by employees understanding when a phishing attempt is in view. The simple act of knowing not to click on risky links or attachments and understanding these types of elements in a scamming email can prevent a cyber breach altogether.
Segregate systems and assets
Having an effective segregation system in place that separates your different systems and assets can be a strong defensive mechanism. If an individual does initiate a spamming attempt, having this segregation will prevent the virus from spreading throughout other areas of the network.
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Have strong, Threat Intelligence software
It’s essential to ensure you have detection tools in place enhanced by threat intelligence to detect and respond to infections. Scam attacks can then be found quickly with the appropriate action taken immediately to minimise the impact.
Having a strong, reputable antivirus implemented can hold off a ransomware attack.
Always keep a secure backup in case of a Cyber Attack threat
One of the worst impacts of a breach is the loss of important documents. Don’t neglect your backup process and continue to save data and files in the case of an unforeseen cyber-attack. If breached, it’s better to wipe all computer systems and then reinstall a trusted backup.
Furthermore, external devices that aren’t connected to the internet are a good option for backing up your data. You can also use cloud services to hold versions of your data, allowing you to restore impacted files from a previous backup.
Prioritise software downloads to keep your system up-to-date and address vulnerabilities that could make your data susceptible to cyber attacks.
Always download the latest version of the software used in your business promptly to ensure tight security. Regularly check for patches within the software to enhance protection against cyber attacks.
Do not release sensitive information through email platforms. Having filters on your mail servers that can recognise and ignore spam can improve security by content scanning incoming e-mails for threats and risky attachments.
Also, if in doubt, always contact a member of your IT department or a co-worker if you deem anything suspicious.
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