While ransomware attacks aren’t a new cybersecurity risk, they have increased enough over the past few years to be considered a top threat.
Statistics show that ransomware is part of 10 percent of all breaches, doubling in frequency in 2021. Approximately 37 percent of global organizations said they were a victim or some level of ransomware attack in 2021.
You can’t ignore these statistics.
The US government warned that an aggressive ransomware campaign has targeted hospitals across the US since 2021. These attacks have frozen computer systems, diverted ambulances, and delayed chemotherapy treatments, among other things.
What can you do?
A ransomware attack targets your data by encrypting it and blocking your path. If you have a current backup copy, there is less worry. If you are hit with a ransomware attack, you can revert to a previous unaffected version to regain access and move forward. Be sure to store backups offline and in locations that attackers can’t target. Test your backup process regularly to ensure it provides a failsafe way to protect your data.
Beware of phishing attempts
Ransomware is most commonly spread through phishing attacks. Most phishing attempts happen by clicking on links in emails. This makes phishing awareness training a top priority in your overall security plan. Be sure to address these issues with every staff member from C-suite to entry-level.
Have a ransomware protection plan
A ransomware protection system is designed to detect and block threats. It starts with having protection software in place, but also includes ensuring your entire tech system is updated and ready to protect you from the latest threats.
One of the easiest ways to stay ahead of cyberattacks is by keeping software and apps updated. Patches and bug fixes are designed with the latest threats in mind, and can plug holes that leave you vulnerable. Be sure everyone on your team updates regularly.
You should also ensure you have proper firewalls and web security. It helps you monitor and filter potentially malicious traffic that has the potential for damage.
Have a recovery plan in place
Statistics show that one in three organizations report ransomware attacks. It’s not a matter of “if” you face an attack, but when. An incident response plan in place gives your entire IT security team a plan of attack for when they encounter a ransomware attack. This plan should cover roles and responsibilities of every team member, as well as steps to recover data and move back into operation.
Where there's a carefully designed plan, there is no reason to panic when the inevitable happens. Everyone on your team will know what to do.
Do you have a plan in place?
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