While overall malware attacks are on the decline, ransomware is increasing and has become the largest malware threat.
What is ransomware? It’s a type of malicious software (malware) intended to block access to your computers and data until a ransom is paid to release it. It first appeared in 2013, and now makes up almost 40% of all malware attacks. Criminals are honing their activity to target the most critical business systems – and the ransom demands are increasing to reflect the importance of the targeted data.
The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report looked at more than 53,000 security incidents from 67 global contributors. They found that 73% of all breaches were perpetrated by outsiders – but almost 30% involved internal conspirators. Almost 60% of victims are considered small businesses, but the fastest growing target is the healthcare industry. And, importantly, almost 70% of breaches took more than 6 months to be discovered.
How can you protect your systems and data? Here are some important steps you can take:
- Make sure your anti-malware software is up-to-date.
- Invest in a business grade router that offers Intrusion protection.
- Store back-ups at least daily, and in more than one location – off-site and on-site.
- Do background checks on prospective hires.
- Don’t run old versions of software, such as Windows XP.
- Don’t open email attachments you are not expecting – even if they appear to be from someone you know.
- If you don’t know who sent the email – don’t click on any links.
- Stay away from pirated movies, music and software, they are perfect places to hide malware.
Especially now with NDB and GDPR, the cost of a data breach is very high. Typically ransomware criminals do not perpetrate a data breach, because simply stopping you from reaching your own data wrecks enough havoc and earns enough “ransom.” It’s not worthwhile (and often they don’t have the capability) to try to use the data they are holding hostage.
If you want to be sure your business is safeguarded from ransomware and other types of malware, Blutone Technologies can work with you to ensure your systems are secure. Blutone Technologies makes it easy for you to safeguard your customer data – and your business. Contact us today to get started!
Here’s a recent article about “10 Alarming Cybersecurity Facts” I thought you might find useful – take a look and let me know your thoughts. (links to https://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/636083/10-alarming-cybersecurity-facts/ )