Are You Equipped For A Data Ransomware Attack?
Your colleague opens a file or follows a link in an email. It may seem insignificant at first, but before you know it, you and your staff have been shut out of your company’s computers and system. You may get a threatening letter demanding a ransom and warning that unless you pay within a day or two, all of your files will be wiped, or your company’s important data would be broadcast publicly. This form of intrusion is known as ‘ransomware,’ and it is one of the most serious cyber threats to you and your company.
So, what is ransomware? and how does it work?
Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files. There are many different types of ransomware, but it usually starts when someone clicks on a link in a phishing email or when hackers identify a flaw in your company’s software system. Once inside, the hacker encrypts and locks your company’s files before demanding a ransom for the key to decrypt and unlock them. Hackers have recently begun taking sensitive data from businesses and threatening to expose it online if a ransom is not paid.
Preparing, Preventing, and Responding
As the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks increase, here are some precautions that all enterprises should consider:
Cyber Attack Response Strategy
Ensure your organization has a cyberattack response plan in place so you know what to do and who to call in the case of an attack. Cyberattacks usually strike at the most inopportune times. When they occur, you will need to make swift judgments. The sophistication of the strategy will be determined by the size of your firm, but remember that hackers are unconcerned by your size. They offer sole proprietors the same timescales as Fortune 500 companies, so you’ll have to respond right away.
Human error is the leading source of data breaches in businesses. Train your staff to spot phishing emails and remind them about the hazards of clicking on unexpected links regularly. Consider implementing simulations rather than just training to assist staff in recognizing and avoiding phishing attacks. This might include sending phishing emails to your workers to train them on how to spot strange links and attachments.
Effective Cyber Hygiene
Be careful you implement additional good cyber hygiene behaviors in addition to staff training. Backing up your data regularly will make your firm less susceptible. Another simple but powerful method for preventing a cyberattack is to keep your systems and software up to date.
Check to see whether your organization has a cyber insurance policy and if so, read it thoroughly. If your company does not have one, you should consider acquiring one, but make sure it covers ransom and that the amount of coverage fits contemporary reality.
Keep in mind that the cost of ransomware extends well beyond the ransom. During the attack, there will be a loss of revenue and sales. Furthermore, even if a ransom is paid, there is no assurance that your computer or data will be returned. Defending your company from ransomware and other threats necessitates a multi-pronged strategy. In an increasingly perilous digital environment, your firm can limit risk with proper planning and cybersecurity hygiene.