Prevent Ransomware

Ransomware Risk Reduction

Apply Foundational and Actionable Safeguards to reduce risk of a Ransomware attack.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts and denies access to a victim’s files on their system or network. Once these critical files are encrypted and the victim loses access to them, a ransom is then demanded by cybercriminals. Money is the motive, and the ransom will most likely be demanded to be paid in cryptocurrency like bitcoin.

How can Ransomware be prevented?

There are plenty of prevention methods to be taken to prevent ransomware attacks:

  • Regular backups – Regularly backing up IT systems can be one of the best prevention methods in case of a ransomware attack.
  • Keeping systems up to date – Keeping systems up to date can prevent a cybercriminal from gaining unwanted access to an organization’s data.
  • Phishing Prevention – A lot of ransomware attacks occur due to vulnerable employees and people so Phishing prevention can be a utilized tool.
  • Incident response plan – Having a plan in place for possible ransomware attacks is a great strategy to utilize. 

What happens if you pay a ransom?

Paying a ransom doesn’t guarantee you or your organization will get any data back. The FBI, as well as countless security and IT experts, suggest not paying the ransom due to the uncertainty of getting your data back. Though this is a heavily debated topic and depending on multiple factors, steps taken could vary.

How can Careful Security help you with Ransomware Prevention?

Careful Security offers many ways to help with ransomware prevention. Network and Web Application penetration testing can help your organization find any critical vulnerabilities in your IT systems. This allows you to be aware of any ways cybercriminals can access your data. Simulated Phishing attacks test your employees and email security controls. This results in educating people on clicking and opening suspicious emails or links on the internet to prevent cybercriminals from gaining unwanted access. These are just a few of our services offered to help better protect you against ransomware, contact us for quotes and additional information.