How to Prevent Ransomware

May 03, 2021
How to Prevent Ransomware

Ransomware is becoming more common among all types and sizes of businesses. As technology continues to advance, so do the tactics that hackers take to create and infect your business with malicious software.

The best way to avoid ransomware is to have a prevention plan in place; however, no matter the number of thresholds in place, ransomware can infect just about anyone. Therefore, it is important to have the proper backup and business continuity plan in place to restore the data in the event of ransomware.


1. Have multiple layers of protection

Preventing ransomware involves having multiple thresholds in place to protect your business. This can range from end-user training that teaches employees how to identify potentially malicious and suspicious behavior to the proper business continuity plan.

Understanding the layers to your business and the potential loopholes that allow attacks to occur is the first place to start. This can be a lengthy process and may require outside professional help to ensure your cybersecurity solutions are top-notch and are inclusive of your business needs.

2. Security awareness training

The first layer of protection and often the first entry point for attacks occur by human error. Because your employees are involved in the day-to-day operations of your business, they are often the cause of infection of malicious software. May it be a connection to an unsecured network or clicking a malicious link - the root cause is lack of education.

The most expensive and modern cybersecurity solution cannot prevent user error. Educating yourself and your users is extremely important in preventing cyber attacks. The proper education to identify malicious behavior and the steps to take in preventing ransomware and cyber-attacks is the first and most important step in protecting your business and data.

There are multiple security training available, but the best ones are those that are continuous and require multiple pieces of training to keep up to date with new trends and threats. Ask your IT provider if they offer any security training and how to get started in educating yourself and your staff regularly.

3. Prepare, test, and re-evaluate

As your business and technology, solutions grow, so should your cybersecurity solutions and overall plan of prevention.

With new technology comes new threats. Because cybercriminals are constantly looking for weaknesses in software, systems, and even mainstream media to exploit their next potential victim, it is important to constantly re-evaluate your plan for prevention and implementation against ransomware.

4. Backup and Business Continuity Plan

A step that every business should have in place is a backup and business continuity plan. It is both a proactive and reactive plan. Your data will always be your responsibility, and it should be highly protected! The best way to ensure that you are protected and secure no matter what the circumstance is to have the proper backups that are continually run - to ensure you have the most up-to-date version of your data!

The right backup and business continuity plan will involve understanding all aspects of your business, when backups should be run, where they should be stored, as well as where they are stored off-site, in case of a natural disaster.

To learn more about cybersecurity solutions that are a good fit for your business and align with your business goals and overall technology solutions, talk with your IT provider or contact us today for more information!

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