From individuals all the way up to companies and governments, ransomware has been causing no small amount of stress for some years now. Let’s take a few moments to discuss this threat, what you can do about it, and how seriously the government is taking ransomware.
While there are many kinds of ransomware out there, they usually rely on similar tactics to work. Just consider some of the most common ransomware variants out there:
Of course, avoiding potential data encryption and deletion needs to be the priority for all businesses. That means that you and your users will have to work to avoid ransomware. Here are a few practices that can help:
Unfortunately, it only takes on slip-up to let in a threat. While a total of $380 million has been spent trying to retrieve the data that ransomware has locked up, we cannot recommend this course of action—for several reasons:
It is such a bad idea, that many areas in the United States are considering making it illegal to pay the demands. All paying does, after all, is encourage this kind of extortion while also painting your company as an easy target. The U.S. Treasury has gone on record to say that paying up in response to such extortion could put your business in legal trouble.
Of course, you don’t have to resist ransomware and other threats alone. Walsh IT Group can assist you in several ways, including implementing a backup and disaster recovery platform capable of restoring any data that an attacker encrypts. Learn more by reaching out to us at (832) 295-1445.
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