Ransomware is Big Business and How You Can Prevent Being Attacked

Ransomware in Houston, as well as nationwide is continuing to grow.  The prevention of ransomware requires that best practices are strictly followed when it comes to IT security.  IT security is proving to be an imperative for companies, if they want to prevent costly ransomware attacks which may cause some SMBs to go out of business.

The minimum best practices when it comes to Ransomware prevention include: reliable server backups, anti-virus for all computers, quality SPAM filtering, properly configured firewalls, proper patch-management (regular server patching and workstation patching), training of staff to not open email attachments (fishing is the number 1 way that ransomware spreads), and utilizing OpenDNS to prevent infected computers from phoning home.

According to a recent study by the FBI, “ransomware is on pace to become a billion-dollar annual crime”.    Two weeks ago, the third-largest electric and water utility in Michigan has shut down all its corporate IT systems while it attempts to clean up after a ransomware attack.  The Lansing Board of Water & Light (Lansing BWL) announced last Monday, 25 April, that it was hit by ransomware after a phishing attack.

Ransomware has hit both small companies, and big companies alike.  The common thread for the outages is that the organizations affected did not have good IT security in place on all of their IT assets.  Human error is always a factor in Ransomware cases, which is why the layered IT security stack must be in-place to prevent these costly attacks.

 

Sources: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/05/03/fbi-warns-ransomware-rise/ , https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/05/04/electric-utility-hit-by-ransomware-shuts-down-it-systems-for-a-week/

 

 


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