We’ve all seen those emails that just don’t look quite right. They promise extravagant sums of money, vacations, health enhancements, and many other things to vulnerable audiences. Most of the time, it is relatively obvious to an untrained eye that something is disingenuous. Sometimes, however, the links look totally legitimate and before you know it, the ransomware has locked up your entire network. This can cause many problems for you, your business, and your customers. So, what do you do if ransomware makes its way onto your network?
Cyber criminals are constantly evolving and learning more as technology advances. They use the latest methods to lock up their victims’ data. They are also learning more and more about how to get victims to download the software. Their “download this!” and other such links are getting more and more realistic, so that they blend in with the web site or email message that they are in. With the prevalence of social media usage that exists today, hackers are even using that to spread their malicious software.
What to Do
One sure-fire way to prevent data loss due to ransomware is to have your company’s data securely backed up somewhere off-site. Whether it be in the cloud or a hard copy, a constantly-updating backup of all of your data will prevent the loss of any data to ransomware.
In the event of an attack, turn off the infected machine and disconnect it from the network completely. This will prevent the spread of the ransomware, which can happen faster than you might think. You also need to alert law enforcement. While in many cases there is little that they can do, they do still need to be made aware of the situation.
If your network does happen to become the victim of a ransomware attack and you don’t have backups, you have two options. If you pay, you have a little more than a fifty percent chance of actually getting your data back. If you choose not to pay, that data is gone for sure. Even though it is possible to remove the malicious software, your data will be so heavily encrypted that you won’t be getting it back.
Whether you choose to pay or not, the most important thing to do after a ransomware attack is to figure out how it got into your network in the first place. This can help you identify and block any holes that may be in your network security.
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