Ransomware is a type of malicious software that attacks computers and networks, encrypts files, and demands ransom payments in exchange for the decryption key. In 2017 there was a 375% increase in ransomware attacks — with the total cost estimated at £3 billion! That’s why it’s important for businesses to take precautions against these types of attacks by implementing an effective disaster recovery plan.
What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or the data that is stored on it, until a sum of money is paid. This type of cyber attack can be aimed at individuals, but is now described as the number one attack on the business services sector. There are reports businesses lost anywhere from £100,000 to £500,000 due to these ransomware attacks!
How can we protect ourselves?
We’ve provided a few hints and tips on ways you can reduce the possibility of this happening. To limit the time and costs of this kind of threat,
User access – limit your user access to ensure that people can only access files and documents that they need. Secure passwords, have named users and remove generic log ins used by multiple people.
Back up – make it a part of your housekeeping to back up entire systems and important files. This will help recover back up files if you do fall victim to a ransomware attack. Entire systems can be recovered in severe cases.
Review your cyber policies – The impact of data loss, corruption, hardware failure, and complex client/server software issues can be catastrophic and daunting. Policies and procedures ensure that if a ransomware attack happens, best practice can be followed. Clear guidance on the steps that will be taken are documented.
The service plans we offer to provide peace of mind. We guide you on the safest and most cost effective solution. Disaster recovery planning, network security and installing anti-virus are just some of the areas we can help with!
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