How To: Prevent ransomware attacks

The screen shows an ominous message. Your system locks, and you have hours or a few days to pay the ransom to have it unlocked. Conveniently there’s a big countdown timer on the screen to help you keep track of how much time you have left. You ask around, and there’s no way to get your data back without the decryption key. Likely, an employee clicked a link or opened a file they shouldn’t have.

Don’t let this happen to you

Ransomware is easy money for criminals. The software is easy and cheap to spread. Though victims have a powerful incentive to pay the ransom, if they do not, the criminals’ investment has been minimal and the sea is full of fish. Some of the most desirable “fish” are businesses that collect and store a lot of sensitive personal information. Medical practices, accounting, insurance and law firms are all major targets.

How?

  • Outdated software and security systems
  • Misconfigured computer systems

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Why?

Your data has value — If you’re not willing to pay, they may change your records or release them to the public.

What To Do

  1. Training: Employees should be able to identify potential risk on emails. Emails with common subjects such as “see attached receipt”, “status of your USPS delivery”, and “request for payment” are common malicious emails that look legitimate. Remember, when in doubt, leave it out.
  2. Invest: There are many ways you can protect your business and reduce the risk of malicious emails and viruses, such as, email spam filters, antivirus, and physical firewalls.
  3. Backup: Always keep physically AND cloud backups.
  4. Consumer: Consider security as another part of your duty to protect consumers. Customers deserve to have their records kept safe.

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