Taking the bull by the horns: Tips to protect your business against ransomware attacks

The Internet has benefited businesses immensely. Organizations can now target consumers in any part of the world. The concept of digital payments that seemed an idea out of a science fiction novel yesterday is a reality today. With endless opportunities, however, come grave security challenges. Over the years, several small and big businesses have fallen prey to cyber attacks. The Internet has become a dark alley with new threats lurking in every corner. Among these threats, businesses dread ransomware the most. Cybercriminals executing ransomware attacks after gaining access to a business’s systems, encrypt critical files. The cybercriminal then holds the company to ransom, demanding a huge sum of money to decrypt the files. We, in this post, provide a few tips to protect your business against the threat.

1.Identify system weaknesses

To improve your business’s preparedness, conduct system audits at regular intervals. To find system vulnerabilities, conduct necessary tests including vulnerability assessment that focuses on categorizing existing and potential flaws that hackers can exploit to get into your system.

Hire a certified expert to conduct penetration tests regularly. In this test, a cyber security experts tries to breach your firewalls and bypass other security measures. These tests give you an idea of how secure your systems are. Once you learn about your system’s vulnerabilities, start thinking about how you can counter these challenges.

2.Create an army of aware employees

Several cyber attacks are the result of employee callousness. A single wrong click can spell doom for your business, which is why you need to educate your employees on the risk of cyber attacks. Spread awareness about malicious mails, untrustworthy downloads, mismatched URL links and other methods that hackers use to execute ransomware attacks.

Conduct regular training and awareness sessions to brief your teams on evolving cyber security threats. Educate your employees on best practices such as updating their firewalls and antivirus software at regular intervals.

3.Create backups

When it comes to beefing up your business’s security, hope for the best and prepare for the worst. To ensure you don’t end up losing critical data in the event of a ransomware attack, take backups at regular intervals. Instead of storing everything on a system that is hooked to the main network, create secure backups on hard drives that can be easily disconnected and removed from the main network.