Ransomware attacks are one of the most dangerous malware threats today, and they are expected to cost organizations worldwide around $20 billion in damages by the end of 2021. As such, the question every organization should be asking is, “How can we protect our employees against this threat to prevent important data from becoming encrypted?”
The following five tips cover the primary ways organizations of all sizes can safeguard critical infrastructure against current and future ransomware attacks:
- Back up all important data: The main reason why ransomware attacks are so effective is that organizations can’t afford to lose their data. If you have all important data safely backed up, you can quickly recover from any ransomware attack without paying a costly ransom or suffering the financial and reputational consequences of prolonged downtime.
- Increase employees’ cyber-awareness: According to cybersecurity research, up to 95 percent of all data breaches are caused by human error. Cybercriminals are aware of this, which is why they readily use various social engineering techniques to circumvent sophisticated security systems and infiltrate entire networks of computers. To strengthen the weakest link in the cyber chain, organizations should invest in security awareness training to educate employees about the latest cyber threats.
- Use reliable cybersecurity software: All devices connected to the internet are exposed to being compromised by cybercriminals unless they lock their front doors by using reliable cybersecurity software that includes a firewall, malware scanning, and spam protection. Regardless of which solution you choose, make sure to deploy it on all devices connected to your network because even a single unprotected device can become the entry point for a ransomware infection.
- Keep all systems updated: There’s no such thing as bug-free software. All applications and operating systems contain vulnerabilities that can be exploited if cybercriminals discover them—that is, unless they’re patched first. If your organization relies on many software applications across different operating systems, that you should consider using a centralized patch management system, which can automate patching and ensure that security patches are applied as quickly as possible.
- Find a proven IT provider: Keeping all important data safely backed up, continuously increasing employees’ cyber-awareness, selecting and configuring reliable cybersecurity software, and keeping all systems updated is a lot of work. If you would rather spend your time focusing on your core business, then you should find a proven IT provider and let them secure your entire organization against ransomware attacks.
Each of these tips can be implemented without a large cybersecurity budget, making the results they deliver that much more worth it. Contact us at Spectrum Technology Solutions, and we’ll help you put them to practice.