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In a 3-day customer survey taken in late 2016, Redstor found that over 100 end-users had, within the last 6-8 weeks, had to recover from Ransomware attacks; these organisations included schools as well as small-medium businesses and enterprises (SME/SMBs). Ransomware has been a rapidly growing challenge in 2016, but what is ransomware and how can you protect your organisation from it?
Some common / well-known strains of Ransomware include:
Ransomware has been around for over a decade although it was not until 2013 that ransomware become big news with the arrival of Cryptolocker. Ransomware strains all have commonalities; they make your data inaccessible through encryption. To regain access, you will have to pay a ransom within a set time period.
Data protection is an important step in the fight against Ransomware and to successfully protect against it we must understand where it comes from and how it can infect us.
Diligence is key. Ransomware is evolving quickly and there will be new sources and efforts to infect users and networks moving forwards in 2017. Educating users about the dangers and possible sources of ransomware could be one step to help prevent it. Simple reminders such as: ensuring users check sources when downloading or accessing information, updating spam filters and being wary of emails from unknown addresses, could help.
If you’ve been infected by ransomware, there are really only 3 options.
Having an active off-site backup solution will ensure that there are uninfected copies of data that can be restored. An onsite backup may be able to help but if the infection spreads to this local copy then that too is going to be inaccessible. Implementing a new backup solution is no use if data is already infected – a backup may be able to take place but the restore won’t be able to get round the encryption that’s already there.
You can find out more about how Redstor can help protect your data against ransomware here.