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Protecting your Company from Ransomware

by Niklas Bendelius in English

Ransomware is quietly persisting while other stories make headlines, and is now increasingly targeting small and medium sized business (SMBs).

Ransomware remains a huge problem for organizations who don’t have a good understanding of the risks, let alone what they should do about it. Hackers have become much more pervasive and sophisticated, and ransomware is now considered the most common type of malware-related data breach.

Most of the time ransomware is spread by phishing, an email that appears to be legitimate and which entices you to click a link or download an attachment. Sometimes they’re so well crafted, they can bypass an organization’s email security and anti-virus software.

Smaller organizations are attractive targets with their finite IT teams and security budgets. As a result, they’re less likely to block an advanced attack and more likely to succumb to the ransom demands to keep their business alive.

At this point, you may be asking what on earth you can do if it’s so hard to protect yourself from these cyber-attacks. While there is no magic solution, there are definitely steps you can take to mitigate the risk.

The short list begins with having the proper IT infrastructure in place, which also means making sure your software is updated regularly and your network is being monitored 24/7. Regular and consistent employee training on cybersecurity is the next critical step. It’s not just one and done! And perhaps the most important item of all is having the right business continuity and disaster recovery solution (BDR) in place, with regular secure backups of your data.

Of course, there’s a lot more that can be layered on to enhance your security. If you’re unsure of what protection you have in place, or if you haven’t had a security check-up in a long time, consider reaching out to us for a look under the hood! Your reputation might depend on it

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