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.

Of the 2,385 ransomware attacks reported to the FBI last year, 870 hit critical infrastructure organizations. The healthcare and public health sector was hit with the largest share of reported ransomware incidents, a total of 210 attacks in 2022, the FBI said.

Collectively, ransomware infections caused adjusted losses of more than $34 million last year.

Avoid Being a Victim

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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 Cybercriminals often look for new vulnerabilities in software, so having outdated software can leave your data susceptible.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 1.877.811.4784.

Date Posted: 4/12/18
Date Last Updated: 10/10/23

By: RTI Marketing Team

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