Protect Against Ransomware Attacks

Ever feel like you’ve been held hostage by your computer system?  You actually could be held hostage if your business is hit by a ransomware attack.  In fact, the U.S. is the target of most of the world’s ransomware attacks, and they are on the rise.  Some reports claim a 250% increase in 2017 over previous years.  No business is immune to attacks, but there are steps you can take to help prevent ransomware attacks, and, if you are hit, there are steps you can take immediately to help reduce the damage.

To help prevent future ransomware attacks business owners and managers need to review and update their network security.  Here are a few basic actions to take:

  • Install and maintain a firewall
  • Install an anti-virus program
  • Browser and plug-ins need to be updated regularly
  • Know what digital assets you own
  • Restrict access to segmented files
  • Make sure you have pop-up blockers
  • Protect your data — back up regularly, keep a copy of all data in a secure cloud
  • Train your staff — no downloading from unknown sources or the internet

In addition to these steps, talk to an IT provider who can help you review your system and advise you where your network may be vulnerable to attack.  Even with these prevention measures, hackers may get through and hold hostage your data.  If an attack should occur, take immediate action to prevent further loss:

  • Restore your system if possible
  • Run a virus scanner as soon as possible
  • Disconnect any infected computer devices from the network
  • Reformat the hard drive and use your most recent backup to reinstall data
  • Contact an IT professional that can walk you through how to resolve the issue and prevent recurrence

No business can fully prevent a ransomware attack, but there are steps you can take to make it more difficult for hackers and easier for you to restore your network.  If you need help preparing for or preventing an attack, call Jamie Mauck at Keane Technologies (314) 966-7733 or email at jamie.mauck@keanegroup.com.

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