Is ransomware the biggest threat to you corporate network?

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If you haven’t heard of ransomware, congratulations.  In 2016, ransomware was the single biggest threat to computer networks across the entire globe.  Causing over 1 billion dollars in damage in 2016 in the United States alone, ransomware has become an extremely effective method for extorting money from users of all shapes and sizes from Fortune 500 companies to home users.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a catch-all name for any malicious software that blocks access to a system until a specific sum of money is paid.  Some try to scare you into paying, others lock your computer or your browser, but the most dangerous versions actual encrypt your files making them useless unless you pay the ransom.

How do I protect myself?

If you are a home user the solution is simple…offsite backups.  There are plenty of products out there, but if you are looking for a good solution, just contact us and we will get you squared away.  Offsite backups won’t stop you from getting infected, but they will provide you an avenue to retrieve your files without paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

For corporate clients, we recommend a tiered plan with multiple levels of redundancy.  There are 2 primary components to our approach.  Network protection (keep ransomware out) and data protection (in the event something does reach your network, your data stays safe).  Here are the basics:

  1. Network Protection:
    1. Network perimeter protection:  You firewall for your network should be filtering for malware to prevent infections from ever reaching your computers.
    2. Antivirus:  Every computer on your network should be protected by a robust antivirus solution that updates at minimum ever 12 hours.
    3. SPAM filtering:  The number one method of ransomware distribution is via email phishing.  Having a good SPAM filter will catch these email before they ever get to your users.
    4. Content filtering:  Making sure user web traffic is being scanned and secured in real-time will prevent one wrong click from causing you mountains of headache.
  2. Data Protection:
    1. Time Machine:  Implementing the ability to roll files and folders back to a previous version can be a wildly useful tool when dealing with ransomware.
    2. Local Backups:  A comprehensive local backup plan with multiple historical copies of your data will allow you to restore files and folders quickly in the event of an issue.
    3. Offsite Backups:  Every company should be utilizing offsite backups in some manner to protect against a worst case scenario.

What do I do if I’m infected?

Think you might be infected?  All hope is not necessarily lost.  As long as you have some sort of data protection in place, we should be able to assist you.  If not, there is always the option to pay the Ransom if it absolutely comes to that, but paying hackers to release your files should always be consider a last resort.

If you are running a Laughing Rock system with the recommendations above, you are covered.  In fact, we have never had a corporate customer running all of our Network Protection products suffer an infection.  Likewise, we have never had a Ransomware data loss at a customer location if they are implementing our Data Protection solutions.

Want to make sure your company’s data is protected?  Contact Us to schedule an assessment and have our engineers perform a complete security review today.

References:
Thanks to our good friends at Malwarebytes for providing us market research and information.

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