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Safeguard against ransomware attacks

 

What Should You Do to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks and Safeguard Your Organisation?


Here are 5 areas to consider:


Keep your technical security measures up to date
Ensuring your software is kept up to date with the latest patches will close known security vulnerabilities, and deploying anti-malware and antivirus solutions will identify the latest threats.

Test for security vulnerabilities
A programme of regular vulnerability scanning and penetration testing will identify and test the extent of new security vulnerabilities, as well as old ones that have been reintroduced into your systems, for instance as part of network changes.

Back up, don’t pay up
Ransomware attackers rely on the simple fact that you need your data in order to work.
If you lose access to your data, you need to know that you have a recent, uninfected backup copy securely stored, either on a local device that’s isolated from your infected network, or in the Cloud.

Train your staff
Most ransomware – like other types of malware – is delivered via phishing attacks.
Training your staff to understand this threat, and know what to look out for and what to do if they fall victim is essential.

Deploy incident response plans
If you are unfortunate enough to fall victim to ransomware, you need to identify and respond to the attack as quickly as possible. Robust cyber incident response management planning will ensure you can get back to business as usual.