Every time we post an article about ransomware, we hope it will be the last one that is needed. And then, two or three months later, another major attack becomes front-page business news.
With that in mind, today we want to return to a topic that is (unfortunately) a popular one with business owners and executives. Namely: how can you fight ransomware attacks in your business?
There are really two answers to this question. The first is that it’s often too late once your devices and computers become infected. The criminals putting these systems together aren’t incompetent. They use all kinds of encryption backups that make it very difficult for you to gain access to important files, even with the help of an IT company like ours. And they don’t have any sympathy, either. This is evidenced by the fact that they have taken millions from schools and hospitals.
That brings us to the second part of the answer: that fighting ransomware is largely about preventing it. Aside from the normal advice to stay away from unknown emails and stay off of public Wi-Fi networks, here are three things you and your team can do starting today…
#1 Deploy Virus and Malware Detection Software
Although we recommend that everyone use updated security software on all their devices, as a business owner you shouldn’t settle for consumer-level products. You want the very best for your servers, firewalls, and direct monitoring applications. And, you need them to be cloud-based and continually updated.
In other words, it’s best to have an IT professional choosing your online security package for you since it represents your first line of defense against criminals.
#2 Use a Good IT Monitoring Service
If you can’t stop malware from showing up in the first place, the next best step is to keep it from spreading throughout your network. With real-time monitoring and a 24/7 help desk, you can get access to trained IT professionals and engineers who can not only monitor your systems for suspicious activity but also help you respond to threats quickly.
It’s much better to know you have an issue early on and deal with it than it is to find yourself locked out of all of your computer systems due to a ransomware attack.
#3 Always Have Backup Systems in Place
In some cases, it’s possible to wipe out the data on all of your computers and replace it with a very recent backup. However, that requires you to have everything restored to the point just before you are infected with ransomware. Obviously, that’s not something you’re going to get after the fact.
Maintaining regular and secure backup files is crucial for any business. If you’re worried about ransomware and other IT-related risks, then you should be sure you have the right system in place today.
Looking to Protect Your Data From Hackers?
We hate to say it, but there isn’t any such thing as total or permanent protection from cybercriminals – particularly if you are relying on simple antivirus software programs. Luckily, Fantastic IT has affordable plans for businesses of all sizes that incorporate all three levels of protection outlined in today’s post. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the details.