Ransomware and You – Protect Your Business

In case you did not know, there were multiple large scale ransomware attacks Friday afternoon (5/12/17). One of the main reasons the ransomware spread was due to unpatched operating systems. Microsoft had released a critical patch in March that addressed the known vulnerability. The moral of the story is, there are things that you can do to protect yourself.

What you probably didn’t read about was the small business that spent all of Mother’s day weekend trying to recover or maybe they paid the ransom that couldn’t afford to pay. These are the business that are hurt the most. These large companies generally have the resources to recover.

Protect Your Business

  1. Backup! – You need to have an offsite and onsite backup system in place. If you use cloud services, you need to backup that data as well. File syncing services are not immune to ransomware. If you files are data are mission critical to your business, you may want to consider investing in DRaaS (disaster recovery as a service) which can get you back up and running in a short time.
  2. Patch! – Make sure all your systems and devices are up to date. Most malware and ransomware take advantage of known vulnerabilities. If you are using old or outdated software, consider upgrading to a maintained version. For example, Windows XP systems no longer receive updates.
  3. Be 110% sure before you open attachments – Many of the malicious programs spread via email attachments. If you don’t know who it is, don’t open it. Do not follow unsolicited links. If you have any doubt at all, contact the sender to make sure they really sent you a file.
  4. Use a multi-tier defense system – Make sure all your systems are updated and active endpoint protection. PCs, phones, tablets, file servers, etc. Everything that has access to your network should be monitored. Use a mail scanning product to remove spam and malicious email even if you use an online service. These systems offer a second line of defense and cause little to no performance loss. Do not use a consumer class router in your business class network. The same goes for wireless systems. There are many products available at affordable prices that add additional protection and performance to your network.

 

We offer multi-tier defense, anti-malware, backup services, and system monitoring services. Stop trying to do it all yourself! If you need help maintaining your systems please call us to set up an appointment. (570) 779-4018

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