Ransomware Attacks: What Are They?

Ransomware is one of the biggest cyber threats facing organizations. It is a type of malware that infects computers and encrypts data, locking you out of important files or your whole system. The attacker then demands payment for restored access. Ransomware commonly spreads through malicious emails that trick you into clicking on a link that opens an infected attachment or takes you to the attacker’s website. According to the FBI, ransomware is the fastest-growing malware threat with more than 4,000 ransomware attacks occurring daily.
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WannaCry Attack

WannaCry is a well-known ransomware attack that affected more than 150 countries in 2017. The hackers locked down computer systems in various businesses, from health care to automobile manufacturers, and then demanded money to unlock files. Exploiting vulnerabilities in Windows, WannaCry spread quickly between computers on local networks and across the Internet, infecting more than 200,000 machines in 1 day.

Avoid Being a Victim

In the 2017 Cybercrime Report, Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that every 40 seconds, a business falls victim to a ransomware attack. They predict there will be a ransomware attack on a business every 14 seconds by the end of 2019. There are proactive steps your organization can take to decrease the chances of an attack and to protect your data and network. From training your employees to ensuring your software, networking, hardware, and all other devices are up to date, your organization should focus on preventing attacks before they cause costly damage.

Educate Your Employees

It’s important to educate your employees and provide ongoing security training. Teaching employees how to recognize suspicious-looking emails will also go a long way in helping prevent attacks.

Keep Software & Antivirus Up to Date

One key step to securing your devices is ensuring your software, systems, and antivirus are up to date. Cybercriminals often look for new vulnerabilities in software, so having outdated software can leave your data susceptible.

Back Up Your System & Files

Backing up your system and files is critical. This ensures you can recover your data if an attacker tries to erase or encrypt it. A backup is a copy of your information stored someplace other than on your computer or device.

Seek Expert Help

As technology and cyberattacks continue to change and become more complex, protecting your organization requires security expertise. We can help. Our certified, experienced engineers can ensure your sensitive information and network is as secure as possible. RTI offers a wide variety of solutions, including the latest in security protection, such as Cisco Umbrella which uses the Internet to block threats before a connection is ever established.

Ransomware attacks occur every day; it isn’t a question of if your organization will be affected, but when. Protect your organization today by educating your employees, backing up your files, and keeping your software and antivirus up to date. For more information, contact our security experts at 1.866.804.4388.


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