Ransomware has become a popular tool for cyber criminals today and after the notorious WannaCry attack, businesses around the globe experienced the impact of not having a cybersecurity protection program. Here are some tips on how to protect your organization from a potentially damaging ransomware attack.
Hire ethical hackers to find the weak spots in your network, before someone unethical does.
It has become increasingly common for companies to hire individuals known as “white hat” hackers. These are well-intentioned hackers, who look for vulnerabilities in a network and then show an organization where they need tighter security measures.
Prepare your employees.
Employee training is probably the single-most important thing to do, according to Forbes. People are an important part of the solution to ransomware protection, but they can also be the weakest link if they are not properly trained.
Backup data frequently.
Data backups can save an organization from severe damage after a ransomware attack. Brian Fritton, co-founder of Patch Land, said, “What has saved us from ransomware multiple times is that we ensure all of our devices are backed up regularly.”
Stay current with system updates.
One of the most important security practices is staying current with the latest system updates, along with never reusing a password. Systems that are outdated are at a greater risk for a ransomware attack. Most updates are concerned with making software run more smoothly and protecting it against vulnerabilities and weaknesses, according to Tech Explained.
Have a plan.
It has been proven time and time again that hackers can often be a step ahead of the cybersecurity industry. With that in mind, it’s important for organizations to have a plan for continuing operations in the event of a ransomware attack.
Don’t be a painless target.
Most often, hackers like to use ransomware on organizations that will be an easy hit. Organizations that have weakness in their network that are easy to detect are the ones most commonly hit by ransomware. Avoid this by implementing the tips that we have just laid out and following the best cybersecurity practices.
If you want to protect yourself from a ransomware attack, MDL can help. We provide managed services that help prevent these damaging attacks.