Are You Concerned About SMB Ransomware?

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The top industries being targeted for ransomware attacks we have seen include:

  • Healthcare
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Government
  • Professional services
  • Education

How to Protect Your Organization from Ransomware

Start by replicating your company’s data on all workstations, servers, and even storage appliances. Then, future backups need only make updates, saving storage, bandwidth, and time. By backing up your company’s data consistently, you significantly lessen the threat risk.

After backup, all critical files should be given strong encryption and stored in a safe and secure location only accessible to authorized personnel. By doing this, you gain additional protection should the cybercriminal intend to attack backups. 

Having a backup doesn’t solve all your problems, however. If the cybercriminal uses doxware, you could still have confidential data go public.


Recovery Policy

This ensures that any critical data that was lost and not backed up is at least recoverable, making the process of data recovery smooth and efficient. 

  • Which files are more critical than others? 
  • Is your data organization effective? Is there a better way? 
  • How long to restore backups? 
  • Who are the key players in charge of restoring data?

To learn more about data recovery, see our article on Data Backup and Recovery (BCDR).


Use Next-Gen Firewall Security Software

Next-generation firewalls (NGFW) are incredibly effective at defending against ransomware attacks. This sophisticated firewall software grants your company protection from malware attempting to enter your network. Traditional firewalls fall short.

If you do get a next-generation firewall, be sure to update it so it works properly. This goes for any security applications your business uses. 


Safe Internet Practices 

Phishing attacks are still the primary method that hackers use to break into SMBs, so practicing safe internet and email usage areas is a must. 

First, ensure your employees are using secure networks and avoid clicking on suspicious links in emails. Second, if an email looks legitimate but it’s asking for something unusual, employees should notify IT.

A solution could be a company-wide security awareness program. The program would support employees by helping them stay informed about changes to cybersecurity, cyberattacks, and rising threats. 


Avoid Unnecessary Downtime with Ransomware Security 

To give your own business a reliable level of ransomware protection, consider opting for our Managed Security Services.