I recently read “4 Ways to Protect Against the Very Real Threat of Ransomware” by Kim Zetter, published in WIRED on 5/13/2017. Given the recent WannaCry ransomware event (200,000 computers in 150 countries infected, and a new version called “Uiwix” which does not have the kill switch used by Malware Tech, according to C/NET), I thought the article was a good one to share. The article is not only timely, but provides good advise for staying protected.
The article initially identifies ransomware’s prime targets. They cover the characteristics of organizations that could reasonably expect to be subject to a ransomware attack.
Then the author then provides four ways to protect your organization against a ransomware attack. They are:
1. Back up important data on a daily basis so you’re not vulnerable to the attack in the first place. This includes disconnecting any external hard drive in use.
2. Recognizing and correctly reacting to suspicious emails and links. Phishing attacks and malvertising are the primary means of infection. If your employees are not up to speed with security 101 basics, stand by for trouble.
3. Patch software security holes to prevent malicious software from exploiting them.
4. Disconnect – If you do get an infection, shut down most of the organizations network to prevent infection spread – this includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. After that, ID the type of strain and reach out to anti-virus companies for a decryptor.
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