With ransomware quickly rising to become the 5th most recurring form of malware in the year 2017, several business owners are now more concerned about how they can ensure that their businesses will not be subjected to such things ever again. The estimated cost of malware attacks in 2017 alone summed up to $5 billion, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.
The saddest part of this malware spreading trend is that several business owners were not able to retrieve their personal data, documents and anything else in their computer, at all. This, of course, led the business owner to put the pieces together in order to regain the lost information, but this can never make up for the data that was lost when their computers were attacked.
Fortunately, not all hope is lost since there are several things that can be done in order to ensure that all businesses are protected from ransomware in the long run as well as right now:
1. Acknowledge Your Vulnerability
Several business owners are guilty of making the highly common mistake of assuming that they cannot possibly be the potential target of a malware attack. Little do they know, hackers normally feed only on such people because they are well aware of the fact that a business owner who thinks along these lines is a business owner that is the easiest target of them all. It is important to take a step back, acknowledge the vulnerability of your company, and then take these steps to improve for the better.
2. Create Backups
A surefire mistake made by thousands of business owners is that they leave important things, such as backing up their entire data, to someone else. However, it is crucial that the business owner ensures that a backup of their data and personal information is made at all times due to the simple fact that if the computer were to be hacked, they would be able to retrieve their data with the utmost of ease.
3. Make Use of Cloud Based Storage
Despite the fact that you might have a computer that has an endless-gigabytes worth of storage, it is always intelligent to opt for cloud based storage instead. That way, if the hacker was able to seep into the computer system and gain access to the documents, files or any other personal information, the business owner can still rest easily knowing that their data is backed up over the web and will never be fully lost, despite the hackers best attempts.
4. Educate Your Team
Even if you are aware of the potential dangers and risks of malware threats and such, it is important to have a team that is well-informed on the subject too. If you do not implement your protection plan on the whole team, it is likely to fail. Everyone who is a part of your business should be aware of the dangers of malware and how it could affect the company as a whole. They should also be given information about the websites and similar things that could possibly cause malware to be downloaded into their computers – hence, preventing them from downloading such things.
5. Opt for a Ransomware Removal Software
Due to the amount of companies that have been a victim of malware and ransomware attacks, there are several companies that have opted to create software to help prevent this from ever occurring. Although many companies are well aware of such software, they might not be aware of how useful it can be and how many viruses and malware attacks they may have avoided with this.
One such company is MonsterCloud, a company that specializes in fighting ransomware effectively. The company was founded by Zohar Pinhasi in 2003. He is an expert in the field of technology with more than 25 years of experience in the field. As the CEO of the company, Pinhasi has navigated the business towards provision of managed cyber security.
Another notable company is Avast, which is one of the leading malware fighting software today. Not only does it protect your data by all means, it also ensures that every time something suspicious is going on with your computer or device, a notification is sent right away.
Regardless of anything, it is important to be well aware of the possibility of falling prey to a hacker who has everything but your best intentions at heart. Thus, take note and keep your business protected!
About the Author:
- Hakin9 is a monthly magazine dedicated to hacking and cybersecurity. In every edition, we try to focus on different approaches to show various techniques - defensive and offensive. This knowledge will help you understand how most popular attacks are performed and how to protect your data from them. Our tutorials, case studies and online courses will prepare you for the upcoming, potential threats in the cyber security world. We collaborate with many individuals and universities and public institutions, but also with companies such as Xento Systems, CATO Networks, EY, CIPHER Intelligence LAB, redBorder, TSG, and others.
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