Ransomware has been around for many years. Most ransomware is unwittingly downloaded by the victim, usually as an attachment on a fake spam email. More recently particular strains of ransomware are instead spread over networks by targeting older versions of software that are more vulnerable. Computers running Windows XP are particularly vulnerable as that system hasn’t been supported for a long time by Microsoft. Don’t be lulled in to a false sense of security if you are running the latest versions, Windows 7 and 10 are still vulnerable if your systems don’t have the latest security patches which stop this software from spreading.
Once the ransomware is downloaded onto the affected computer it can sit dormant, but once activated it has the potential to spread to other machines on your network including servers. Once initiated it will then one by one encrypt your files to make them unusable, both on your computer and any network server shares. Some strains also have the ability to destroy your backups, so not only do you lose your files, but any ability to get them back. Many businesses have been seriously affected by these attacks, and there are a number of steps that you can take to protect your business….
- Ensure that you are running the latest versions of software and that these are fully up to date with updates and patches.
- Install the latest AntiVirus, AntiMalware and AntiSpam products and services and ensure these are fully up to date.
- Implement a Firewall to protect your office network from threats.
- Ensure you have a robust Backup Solution that protects your data whilst ensuring you can restore quickly. Ideally have more than one backup using different systems, so that you have both a quick restore (Onsite Backup) and a resilient system (Offsite / Cloud Backup).
- Be proactive and ensure that you have Monitoring and alerts on all of your systems, so that if an issue is found, you, or your IT Support Company can act upon it. The faster the response, the less the potential damage and disruption.
- Have an external Vulnerability Test completed – only then will you know where your security weaknesses are.
iSuite can provide you with a full suite of IT Security Solutions and Services to help keep your data safe. The only way to protect your business is to be constantly vigilant. Be wary of unsolicited Emails and unusual attachments, even if they appear to be from someone you know. Keeping on top of all your systems, servers and software can be a lot to take on for many Small and Medium Businesses. Our security experts can give all your systems a full inspection, carry out vulnerability testing to identify any vulnerabilities. We’ll then recommend and action required and help you put in a full plan of support and training.
If we can help you, please contact us for a free initial security assessment by calling 03333 44 10 12, or fill in our form below!