How to prevent ransomware

Endpoint security is still critical, but it’s no longer enough to prevent ransomware attacks.

With the level of sophistication in today’s ransomware, there isn’t a software program—antivirus or otherwise—that can offer full protection from the kind of damage ransomware inflicts. And, businesses that believe Linux software is somehow less vulnerable or that early detection warnings provide a degree of safety may fall victim as a result of their false sense of security.

That’s because the latest generation of ransomware has become too smart and too efficient to be deterred by software alone. No platform or operating system is immune.
And any warning, is a warning too late.

So how do you prevent ransomware from rearing its ugly head?

Start by reducing your risk of ransomware attack

Despite the sophistication and viciousness of these malware infections, there are some easy-to-implement data security best practices that can significantly reduce your risk of a ransomware attack:

  • The human element: Train employees thoroughly and often in how to spot the latest phishing scams
  • Password strength: Set-up stringent standards for employee passwords—and place additional requirements on administrators and others with access to backups or sensitive information
  • Across-the-board enforcement of security measures: Executives must be subject to the same security measures as every other employee, even if they find the process bothersome or unnecessary
  • Distribute the power: To minimize the damage from a single attack, ensure that different employees have different access rights and different servers have different access points
  • Employ a “Need to Know” strategy: Employees should only have access to what they need to perform their specific job functions and nothing more

Your ransomware protection and recovery strategy

Unfortunately, implementing basic best practices isn’t enough when it comes to fully-protecting your data, business systems, and applications from the effects of ransomware.

A more effective approach is to launch a trifecta of strategies:

  • Thorough and timely employee security awareness training
  • Layered endpoint security
  • Robust backup and recovery

Ransomware training

When it comes to protecting against ransomware it’s important to “know thine enemy.”

What should your end user education sessions cover?

  • How to spot email phishing schemes
  • Why data security best practices are so important
  • The importance of regularly updating software

Remember: Your employees are your first line of defense—and when they know what they’re looking for, they’ll be much more likely to spot and avoid potential attacks.

In fact, ransomware training can reduce infections by more than 90%.

Learn about ransomware training.

Endpoint security

Today’s businesses expect anytime, anywhere data access. But, that expectation brings with it increased opportunity for malware infection.

For more complete ransomware protection, endpoint security simply cannot be one dimensional. It must build defenses around all of your endpoints, including:

  • Email security
  • Mobile device security
  • Intrusion detection
  • And, a whole lot more

Learn about endpoint security.

Backup and recovery

No matter how thorough your end user training or how robust your data security, not every ransomware attack will be cut off at the pass.

While ransomware recovery can often be a laborious and costly process, the effects can be successfully mitigated with a proper disaster recovery system in place.

That means a system that offers multiple site backups:

  • Onsite
  • Offsite
  • Offline
  • In the cloud

Furthermore, you need to ensure the recoverability of your data through regular disaster recovery testing.

Learn about backup and recovery.

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