Risk Management

Things to Do to Mitigate Ransomware Attacks

Every 14 seconds, a new organization is a victim of ransomware attacks, per Cyber Security Ventures. However, before you start sharpening your response plans and register, let’s have a quick check about what ransomware is. In this article at IT Business Edge, Jenn Fulmer shares a to-do list to mitigate ransomware attacks.

Confronting Ransomware Attacks

Learn About the Virus

Threat actors send emails or CTA forms with virus-laden links. If you click on those links, they can access your computer and block confidential folders until you pay what they ask for. Once the hackers get the ransom money, preferably in bitcoins, they release your data 60 to 70 percent of the time.

Safety Tools

  • Install security or antivirus software and constantly update it. These applications scan your programs and files to check for malicious viruses. They can cordon off the contaminated folders from the rest of the data and simultaneously alert you. McAfee and Norton are a good starting point.
  • Public networks are vulnerable to ransomware attacks. Use VPN that connects you to a private sector that is tough to hack. For instance, ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and CyberGhost.
  • Use the server scanning and filtering options available for your email accounts. These are default options readily available with many email service providers.

Staff Awareness

  • Unaware employees can easily be victims of ransomware attacks when they click on dubious links or download attachments from unknown senders. Training to identify malicious emails can reduce such incidents.
  • Never provide personal data to people you do not know on a first-hand basis. If you are doubtful, directly ask the concerned department or individuals why they need it.
  • Always back up your data. Apart from ransomware attacks, your system might just hang, and you could lose precious work hours.

Response Steps

  • Scareware is another malware that tricks you into thinking that your system is already hacked and you need to take immediate steps. Check if the ransom note has the name of the ransomware. Next, check if you can lock your system. If you can, it is a fake scare message, so immediately report it to the IT security team.
  • Do you have a backup of the data that the ransomware hackers have stolen from you? Then, you just have to scan your system to remove any malicious files or folders. Otherwise, use an effective ransomware decryption tool to get a backup of your confidential information.
  • Per Trend Micro, 65 percent of organizations pay up after ransomware attacks. Do not pay the threat actors if you can rebuild the data they have held hostage. Decide fast because cyber attackers increase the ransom demand if they recognize your delaying tactics.

Thankfully, ransomware attacks are declining due to automatic backups. Hackers are targeting institutions from financial and healthcare sectors. However, it always pays to stay alert.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://www.itbusinessedge.com/security/how-to-prevent-ransomware/

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