Cyber security should be a major concern for any business. One of the most common attacks that is found today is ransomware. Ransomware is a type of attach that involves the lock down of files for a ransom. Once the ransom is paid, then the decryption key is provided. The problem is that these attacks is that it is not recommended that you provide any payment for your files and the payment is generally too expensive for companies to manage anyway. Instead, you should work on trying to increase your cyber security and your defenses against all kinds of cyber attacks.
Back Up Your Files
The best way to prevent these types of attacks from really affecting you is by backing up your data. That way, even if you do fall victim to a ransomware attack, you will still have all of your files available to you in a different and secure location. You will have your second copy and can ignore the attackers. You will not have to find the money to pay for the decryption key. You can simply go on about business as usual. You also need to schedule regular backups. If you have your files backed up but do not regularly back them up, then it will be useless to you. Depending on how often you files change, you may want to back them up weekly, daily, or hourly. Find something that works for your business and schedule regular backups to happen automatically.
Educate Your Employees
Phishing scams are emails that have infecting links that will allow attackers into your system. While you can put up defenses to keep these kinds of attacks at bay, you also need to take the precaution to educate your employees on what to look for so they can avoid failing victim to these attacks. Tell them what to look for and also educate them when new types of attacks are discovered.
Keep Software and Operating Systems Updated
While it may seem like it is a waste of time to go through and update your systems when prompted, it is always smart to do that as soon as possible. When systems are updated, it is usually because there is a patch that can help protect your business by fixing the vulnerability in the system. You do not want to leave these vulnerabilities open so encourage all employees to make these updates as soon as possible.
Secure Personal Devices
If you allow your employees to use personal devices for work, you need to take the time to develop a policy and a way to better protect all data that is used on these devices. You should only allow certain data to be reached and also encrypt the data. You should make sure all devices have a password set on them. You should also try to separate personal and corporate data as much as possible.
For more information about how to protect your business, be sure to contact Interplay today at (206) 329-6600 or support@interplayIT.com.