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There’s no doubt that ransomware attacks are on the rise. According to Security Boulevard, between third-quarter 2019 and third-quarter 2020, ransomware attacks increased by 139%. Ransomware attacks are a particularly formidable type of cyber attack that can be devastating to any business, and their effects are time consuming and expensive to repair.
Cyber criminals are internet experts. They only launch attacks that they find profitable, and ransomware is among the most lucrative types of attack. What is a ransomware attack? When cyber criminals mount a ransomware attack, they gain access to your system and encrypt critical files. The criminals will then notify you that your data has been stolen and demand a ransom payment, often in bitcoin.
Sometimes you know that you’ve been a victim even before the criminals contact you because you come to work in the morning and you can’t access your computers. This can stall all company operations until you find a solution.
Companies of all sizes and in all industries are seeing the increase in ransomware attacks for two key reasons:
Many employees will continue to work remotely after the pandemic is over. Therefore, the criminals find it worthwhile to continually change their tactics for ransomware attacks to stay ahead of the businesses they like to target.
Now is the time to determine if you’re prepared for a ransomware attack. There are a number of things you can do to avoid an attack, including:
Keep in mind that according to IBM, 95% of cyber security breaches result from human error. Effective and ongoing employee training for cyber security is critical. Employees need to learn about the pitfalls they must avoid to keep your systems safe.
For example, a cyber criminal may send phishing emails to your employees. Sometimes, those emails can be spoofed to look like they come from someone in the organization. If an employee clicks on a link in those emails, they may open the door to cyber criminals. Train employees on what to look for and follow up after training to help employees turn the training into action.
If you need to increase your protection against cyber criminals, make that project a top priority. Access One can help you to manage your risk without straining your resources with our IT security services. For more information, call us at 800-804-8333, or drop us an email.