Ransomware is becoming increasingly more common with 60% of SMB’s going out of business within 6 months of an attack.

Whilst there are several steps you can take to protect your business from ransomware and other malware, the chances of being a victim of a successful attack is very high.

WHAT DOES A RANSOMWARE ATTACK LOOK LIKE?

Every ransomware attack is different. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated and have built many methods to infect your computer or network. One of the most common methods is phishing emails. They are made to look like a genuine email but clicking a link will infect your computer. Ransomware comes in two types. The first encrypts the files on a computer or network; the second locks a user’s screen and will display a message and details of the ransom. All your files will be encrypted and you won’t be able to access any of your data. Finally, the malware demands a ransom (typically payable in bitcoins) to decrypt the files.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BECOME A VICTIM OF AN ATTACK?

Once your computer or network has become infected your next step depends on how prepared you are.

You are faced with 3 choices;

  1. Pay the ransom
  2. Restore from a backup
  3. Cut your losses and dispose the computers

Cyber experts stress the importance of never paying the ransom as they may not honour their promise to give your data back and it encourages cybercriminals to launch additional attacks against either you or someone else.We don’t know too many businesses that can just afford to forget about their data and buy new computers.

BACK UP IS YOUR FRIEND

Having a backup system is part of any good disaster recovery plan and is very important in helping a business survive a cyber-attack but that is only a small part of what a business will need to do. It’s difficult for a business, especially the commonly targeted smaller business, to implement a full back up strategy. You will have to remove all the malware from your computers and network. Then you can recover your data.

GET HELP PREPARING FOR RANSOMWARE

With a robust back up process, recovering from an attack can be just as simple as ‘rewinding’ to 15 minutes before the attack.

Although ransomware and cyber-attacks is scary, it can ruin your business with a click of a link and they are not going away any time soon. There are clear steps a business can take to protect themselves and by following these steps you can limit the damage and even carry on as if nothing has happened.

Can your business afford 2 days of data loss?

PDQ are able to help you make sure your business can prepare properly and survive a ransomware attack.

For more information call us on 01277 633533 and speak to a member of our experienced team.