Ransomware is a serious and increasing threat to all organizations. Anyone can fall victim to a ransomware incident so it’s best to be proactive and responsible in protecting sensitive and personal data on any system. Since this is such an issue, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has come out with a fact sheet that includes tips and tricks on how to prevent ransomware attacks. Read our article below to learn more.
What is it?
Ransomware is a type of malware designed to infiltrate and paralyze critical or sensitive data in an attempt to make them unusable. Data breaches obtain and encrypt the victim’s critical information and withhold it for ransom. This is a growing cyber threat that generates billions of dollars in ransom payment to cybercriminals. This type of data breach causes extreme damage to the operations of businesses and organizations, and their reputation.
How to Prevent It
The following is a list of best practices from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on how to prevent Ransomware attacks:
- Maintain encrypted backup data offline: Having and maintaining current backup data offline eliminates the need to pay a ransom if your site or system is breached.
- Develop, maintain and practice a cyber incident response plan: Develop a plan with communications and procedures in the event that a ransomware incident occurs.
- Conduct vulnerability scans: By regularly conducting vulnerability scans (especially on internet-facing devices) you can locate and address vulnerabilities to limit surface attacks.
- Regularly update software and devices: Always ensure your software and devices are updated regularly to reduce, remove and prevent any potential vulnerabilities.
In addition to the tips provided above, at-risk organizations should:
- Mitigate internet-facing vulnerabilities and misconfigurations to reduce the attack vector.
- Enable spam filters and implement user awareness and training programs on user emails.
- Practice good cyber hygiene by using up-to-date anti-malware solutions.
- Regularly scan their network for Advanced Persistent Threats (ATPs).
Lastly, to block ransomware gangs from accessing sensitive or personal information, CISA recommends:
- Implementing physical and cybersecurity best practices.
- Ensure your cyber incident response and communications plan include response and notification procedures for data breach incidents.
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