2018 has been ear marked as the year as having the potential to be worse for cyber-attacks.
This bold statement has been substantiated by a survey commissioned by Acronis (leading experts in data protection and storage), based on evidence in 2017 where ransomware variants have seen an increase of 46% meaning that detection is now more challenging.
It is now apparent that high quality, secure backup solutions are necessary for businesses to protect against ransomware to ensure the risk to losing data is minimal and devices are secure.
If, as a business, your understanding of ransomware is limited, it is essential you educate yourselves now, as the cost to your business will only increase. Criminals in this field have fine tuned their skills and continue to take advantage of flaws in security where they are able to by-pass anti-virus software, meaning attack is almost undetectable. Also, if you are sophisticated in this area, the ransomware criminals are now developing new sways of targeting back up files and software. Most people in business are still unaware that ransomware can encrypt files and backups!
The most recent attacks are testament that many businesses are underestimating the capabilities of these criminals.
So, what can you do?
- Back up your important data: Store your data locally and in the cloud
- Keep everything up to date: This includes software as well as operating systems. It stops criminals entering your systems through any security holes!
- Ensure Anti-virus is updated regularly: Ensure that all updates are enabled
- Be suspicious: if an email doesn’t look right with dubious links or attachments, then don’t open it!
Security is key within all your systems and keeping up to date and using IT experts to help with this will ultimately ensure cyber criminals are kept at bay!