The cybercrime industry is continually evolving and ransomware attacks have become one of the most financially successful criminal endeavors. Unfortunately, as long as businesses choose to pay a ransom demand instead of implementing effective defense strategies, it's unlikely that this alarming trend will disappear anytime soon.
Fortunately, there are proactive steps to protect your organization. In this blog post, we'll give you the strategies you need to combat these malicious forces and safeguard your organization from financial losses caused by cyber attacks.
What are Proactive Steps to Prevent Ransomware?
Update operating systems and software regularly
Stay a step ahead of cybercriminals by making sure your devices are up-to-date. Regularly updating operating systems and software can be an easy way to protect against ransomware attacks that target outdated applications or systems.
Do not open attachments or click on links from emails you are not familiar with
Cybercriminals are crafty in their efforts to steal your data and money. They often use phishing emails as a way of sneaking malicious links or attachments into your inbox - it's critical that you take extra caution before clicking anything, by verifying the sender and checking if the message looks suspicious. Protect yourself from potential scams.
Have backup data policies in place
Data is a valuable commodity, so it's important to always be prepared for the worst. Guard your data against ransomware attacks by backing up regularly and storing copies of the information on separate devices kept offline - this way you can recover from any attack with minimal effort.
Use precaution while navigating devices that access the internet
This includes avoiding public Wi-Fi networks, not downloading files from untrusted sources, and ensuring your firewall is turned on. It's also crucial to ensure that your device has up-to-date antivirus software installed and that you use a secure web browser.
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Additional Data Security Best Practices to Adopt
To keep your data secure, there are several measures you can take in addition to the above precautions:
Follow protocols for anti-phishing and email security
Email filter tools that help block malicious emails before they reach your inbox can help with email security. Learn more about 5 easy ways to counter phishing emails.
Train staff and employees on security awareness
Keeping your business safe from cyber attacks starts with equipping employees through security awareness training. This educates them on how to be proactive in spotting phishing emails and other malicious threats, helping ensure the digital environment is secure for everyone.
Scans to identify potential threats
Regular security scans can help protect your technology infrastructure from malicious cyber attacks. Test your safety with our free cybersecurity assessment.
Automated patch management
Maintaining secure systems can be a laborious endeavor, however automated patch management helps to lighten the load by automatically keeping software up-to-date, allowing IT departments more time for other tasks.
Endpoint detection and response (EDR)
EDR arms your organization with the power to combat cybercrime by monitoring endpoints – like laptops, mobiles and desktops – in real-time. It quickly detects malicious activity so you can implement a rapid response that protects from costly attacks.
Monitoring your network
Protecting your resources is essential. Swift monitoring and response to any suspicious activity can prevent damaging cyberattacks from going undetected.
Segmenting your network
Segmentation is a powerful solution in the fight against malicious attacks - by breaking your system into smaller, more secure components you can ensure it stays as safe and resilient as possible.
Implement identity and access management (IAM)
With IAM, you can keep your systems and applications secure by granting just the right amount of access to each user. Keep everyone on track for their roles with efficient user management - no more extra privileges.
Have policies in place for password strength and hygiene
Keeping user accounts secure requires a proactive strategy that incorporates powerful passwords and regular updates. By establishing password policies, you can ensure your users remain safe from potential intruders seeking access to their data.
Team up with a Managed IT Solutions Provider
Teaming up with an experienced managed IT service provider can provide peace of mind knowing that you have a team of cybersecurity experts on your side keeping your data safe. As a managed IT service provider, we know it can be overwhelming to take on all of the above steps and strategies. We can help you implement and maintain best practices, tools, and technologies to protect your business against ransomware. So, why wait longer?
Contact us today and let's start securing your business against cyber attacks.
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