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Ransomware is a malware class that infects computers, encrypts the files and demands money in exchange for access — or the victim loses valuable data forever. It’s a billion-dollar business that is growing and spreading quickly. Businesses large and small are under threat from increasingly aggressive and brutal ransomware attacks. Loss of access to critical files can cause massive disruption to an organization’s productivity. Prevention is far better than a cure, so here are 7 security solutions you should have in place to give the best possible defense against ransomware.

 

  1. Back up your files regularly and keep a recent backup off-site.

 

The only backup you’ll ever regret is the one you left for “tomorrow”. Backups protect your data. Always encrypt the backed-up data so only you or select employees can restore it and you won’t have to worry about it falling into the wrong hands.

 

 

 

  1. Keep your operating systems, applications and all software up to date.

 

For example, Office 2016 now includes a control called “Block macros from running in Office files from the internet”, which helps protect against external malicious content without stopping you using macros internally

 

 

 

  1. Patch, Patch, Patch.

 

Malware that doesn’t come in via a document often relies on security bugs in popular applications, including Microsoft Office, your browser, Flash and more. The sooner you patch, the fewer holes there are to be exploited.

 

 

  1. Segment your network and limit login power.

Don’t place all data on one file share accessed by everyone in the company.

Inform your select administrators not to stay logged in any longer than is strictly necessary and avoid browsing, opening documents or other regular work activities while under administrator rights.

 

 

  1. Analyze threats. 

Perform a threat analysis in communication with vendors to go over the cyber security throughout the lifecycle of a particular device or application.

  1. Closely manage inventory.

Keep clear inventories of all of your digital assets and their locations, so cyber criminals do not attack a system you are unaware of.

 

  1. Properly train your staff.

Train staff on all cyber security practices. Emphasize on not opening attachments or links from unknown sources. The crooks are relying on the dilemma that you shouldn’t open a document until you are sure it’s one you want, but you can’t tell if it’s one you want until you open it. If in doubt leave it out

 

 

 

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