Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and system and demands for a ransom to be paid so that the data and system can work again.
The hackers demand thousands and tens of thousands of dollar for different systems and critical data. It is important for every business to get protected from ransomware attacks.
How ransomware attacks happen
A ransomware is not shown up on a computer but it comes when the victim unknowingly downloads malicious software to a system. Usually, the employees cannot identify a potential ransomware attack and download such software that later affects the computer.
Here are three basic ways to protect a business from ransomware attack.
Usually, the ransomware attack comes in a computer while downloading malicious software. The software downloaders are mostly employees, so it important to train the employees about ransomware attacks, how to identify them, and how to protect systems from such attacks.
Here are a few points that every employee should know
- The employees should be aware of ransomware attacks and should not open any link and email that is from UPSB and sent by someone with whom you are not in contact with from years.
- The employees can also identify a malicious email by checking on the spelling of the user’s email address. Any email from a UPS and address like firstname.lastname@example.org creates a suspicion.
- After receiving a malicious email the employees should contact the IT department and ask them to delete the email permanently from the inbox and deleted items.
Back up files
The best way to protect a business from ransomware is to have a backup of the critical data. In such case, if the computer or servers gets encrypted the victim does not need to pay any cost for getting access to the data again.
The IT department should take important measures to implement security for critical data. Through these ways, they can detect ransomware and other malware attacks from happening. They must patch the software security hole to prevent malicious software from infecting various software and data.
These are few simple ways to protect a business from ransomware attacks. These points may not work all the time as the human being is the largest risk factor of ransomware attacks. Training and awareness session is important for employees to protect the business.