The number of organizations affected by ransomware has gone down by more than 40 percent in recent years. Good news, right? Not completely: the total amount demanded in ransomware attacks has gone up by nearly 90 percent. So while the total number of attacks has gone down, experts believe that hackers are growing more sophisticated, targeting higher-value systems such as cities and school districts. It’s no coincidence that these governmental organizations tend to be less prepared against a ransomware attack, either.
So what should your company do to prevent a ransomware attack – or at least mitigate the fallout? Forbes recently shared a few good tips.
Establish a Business Continuity Strategy
If your company’s data is securely backed up and you have a business continuity plan in place, you’re much less vulnerable to a ransomware attack. This may be the least expensive and most accessible option – and Vaultas can help you get started.
Strengthen Login Credentials
A recent study found that 80 percent of data breaches are at least partially caused by weak or stolen login credentials. Essentially, hackers are no longer hacking, but simply logging in using compromised credentials. Make sure all members of your organization are using secure logins, and establish multi-factor authentication.
Minimize Access Points
Hackers often get into a company’s network through shared accounts that are no longer in use. Be vigilant about the tools and accounts employees use, and close them down when they’re no longer operational. In addition, consider creating access zones, with specific users and multi-factor authentication.
Is your company protected against ransomware attacks, hacks or breaches? Are your data, applications and networks protected against disaster? If not, give Vaultas a call.
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