How to Minimize Your Risk of Ransomware and What to do if You Get Caught

In the last 6 months, we know of multiple local organizations that have fallen victim to ransomware and paid from $63000 to $6 million dollars to get their data back.

It doesn’t make for good PR, so most quietly pay the ransom and hope and pray that they get their data restored that they paid for.

That’s probably not what you want your company story to be, so read on.

There are 2 main ways the “bad guys” hack into your network and lock down your data:

  1. They access it through open security holes in your network – such as insecure RDP connections that are open to the public.
  2. They trick a user on your network into clicking a link, downloading a malicious file, or providing their network credentials into your network.  They can be very convincing – so don’t judge!

What should you do?

You need to first make sure that your network is secure and there are no “back doors” that the bad guys can use to get in.  Remember, they are professional hackers, so you need professional IT security experts who know their ways.

You also need to educate, re-educate, and remind your employees regularly of what to watch for and what not to click on.  The “bad guys” are very skilled at deceit so you have to be wise to their latest tricks.

How to protect your company data.

Call to learn more about our IT Security Assessment.  An engineer will go through your network to identify and correct any security holes and close any “back doors”.  They will advise you on any other vulnerabilities and help you determine a communications plan with your employees.

A smart, pre-emptive decision could save you days of downtime and incredibly expensive ransomware (in bitcoins) to the “bad guys”.

Contact us today for information about your Security Review.

What should you do?

  • If you get an urgent email, don’t react!
  • Hover over the address of the sender to see if the URL is unfamiliar.
  • Hover over the click-through URL to see if that address matches the supposed company.
  • Don’t provide your information to anyone, under any circumstances, until you verify their identity in several ways.
  • Call Genesis Global Technologies if you have any questions.