Are your backups protecting you against ransomware?

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Ransomware is malicious software, created by hackers, that takes over your computer and displays messages demanding a fee to be paid to gain access to your system again. Hackers may also threaten to leak data or company sensitive information to add additional urgency.

Why would a hacker choose my business?

The common misconception is that ransomware attacks will only happen to large high-profile companies, which isn’t true. A ransomware attack can happen to a business of any size. Hackers will choose companies based on several different aspects.

  • Has your company left yourself open for a potential attack I.e., no firewall, anti-virus or poor knowledge of cyber scams like phishing.
  • If your company has a specific data set that may be attractive for a hacker.
  • A hacker will choose to target companies who are more likely to give into demands and pay out.

To prevent the threat of a ransomware attack, many companies have started to back up their data sets. Having a backup means that if a ransomware attack does happen, you will not have to give into a hacker’s demands as you’ll have your data safe and backed up. Now the question is, are your backups enough?

To ensure you are getting the full protection make sure you are considering the following aspects of your backup

  • Back up all your data.

Many businesses think a ransomware attack won’t happen to them, and they don’t want to over invest money in backups. Companies will choose to back-up only information that they deem essential to save costs. This means that important information is not being backup. Should the company then be victim to a ransomware attack, they then realise how value this information is.

With advances in technology, storage is now becoming more affordable to all – and worth investing in. Make sure you back up all your company information.

  • Back up regularly

Use an online file syncing service to make backups of the files that you work on daily. File synchronization software ensures that multiple computers or data storage devices have the same information at anyone time.

Using a file syncing services will mean If an employee’s computer or hard drive becomes compromised, they will be able to access their work in another location.

  • Back up in another location

In recent years, ransomware has evolved to be able to penetrate all attached drives to a computer. This means that you should always be keeping a copy of your information in another location that is not attached to your drive or network.

 How can I minimise the threat of a ransomware attack?
  • Filter emails to avoid clicking on a potentially dangerous email or link
  • Limit company access to confidential or sensitive information
  • Install a Firewall on your company computers
  • Ensure everyone in the company is aware of what to do if they think they may have clicked on a potentially malicious site or link
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