Within the last three months, the world has been hit with a string of nasty ransomware attacks. First it was WannaCry, and now it’s Petya. Next month, it’ll probably be something else. This being said, ransomware protection is a big deal these days. Everyone needs it, not everyone knows that, and most people are struggling with it.
So in an effort to keep your company’s data safe from ransomware, here are the 4 biggest things you need to know when it comes to protecting your data.
Keep your system up-to-date.
If you ever expect to avoid ransomware successfully, then you’ll need to keep your system up-to-date. This includes everything from your browser and plug-ins to your software and operating system as a whole.
When you fail to update certain components of your technology, what you’re really doing is creating gaps, and the longer these gaps exist, the bigger they will get. At this point, hackers will exploit these gaps to slip into your computer, and from here, they can do pretty much whatever they want to do … like kidnap your data and hold it for ransom.
Don’t let this happen. Always update your technology as soon as possible and remember to regularly check for any impending updates.
Whether it’s an ad on a website or an attachment in an email, always think before you click. Never click or download something simply because it’s there and you can.
Most ransomware gets to where it needs to go because the end user did something they shouldn’t have done. They clicked on an ad that was too good to be true. They downloaded an email attachment from an unknown source. Or they unknowingly clicked a corrupt link. With just a little suspicion, most –if not all – of these situations can be avoided.
Backup your data.
New strings of malware pop up all the time. Ransomware is no different. There is always the chance that something new could surface, get through your layers of security, bypass your suspicion, and make it through to your data.
If this is the case, your only defense will be properly backed up data. In other words, backing up your data is a great place to start … but if you really want to protect yourself, you’ll need to make sure that your backups are set up the correct way and then tested and retested regularly.
On top of that, you also need a backup solution that allows for quick, hassle-free recoveries. If ransomware snatches up your data, but it’ll take weeks and a hunk of change to recover that data, then what’s the point of even having it backed up?
Partner with a professional.
At the end of the day, security is something you should never take lightly, especially when it comes to threats like ransomware. This specific threat comes with a multitude of negative consequences – like a ding to your reputation, loads of downtime, and a lost chunk of change.
The best way to avoid something like this is with professional help. Partner with an IT provider who knows the ins and outs of cybersecurity, who can help you train your employees, and who can provide you with a layered security solution. All of this can bring you that multi-faceted approach you need to avoid ransomware.