How To Avoid Ransomware Attacks

2019-12-05T20:10:23+00:00November 30th, 2019|Cyber Security, Digital Marketing For Business|

Ransomware On The Rise

Malware is a big problem for both business and the average person.  The concept of ransomware originates with Malware that holds your data, and devices, ransom for various reasons.  Your system could easily be infected via phishing – another reason to be so cautious about where you click.

You might be wondering what exactly happens during these attacks.  Ransomware attacks usually originate with spear phishing attempts through emails or software downloads.  But, that’s only the beginning.  The below infographic walks you through the 5-key-steps associated with a ransomware breach on your system:

Don’t Become A Statistic

Just how severe is the threat to your business?  The cyber security giant, McAfee, released a report, noting a huge rise in ransomware attacks on businesses in just Q1 2019.

“New ransomware grows 118%; cybercriminals adopt new tactics and code innovations” (McAfee)

Play Stronger Defense

With such a growing threat you might be wondering, what can I do to step-up my security?  It’s not hard to reinforce yourself against these thieves with a few tricks:
  • Do keep regular backups of your data
  • Do make scheduled updates to operating systems
  • Do use a reputable antivirus software to scan email systems
  • Don’t pay ransom demands – it encourages repeats with no guarantees
Think you’re ready?  The FTC has a great quiz for testing your ability to recognize, and handle, an attack.  It’s worth a few minutes now to ensure you won’t be spending weeks trying to recover later.  Remember, email security, phishing and ransomware are all tied together.  It’s a waterfall approach to harming your business, and your livelihood.

To help build your defenses, The Green Hills Group is offering a premium email management system that provides better security for your business. Contact us today at 615-485-3882  – or fill out our contact form – for more information.