In recent years, there have been several high-profile ransomware attacks causing billions worth of damage and downtime. Affecting both public and private organisations, although private organisations have been particularly hard hit by some attacks.
However, there are some steps that organisations can take to reduce the risk and effects. It is always recommended to have regular backups that are separated from your network, so you have safe copies of important files. You can sometimes prevent infection by keeping software versions up to date to stay safe preventable exploits. Using anti-malware products at the network and client level can also be essential in mitigating the spread and preventing damage from ransomware and other malware.
Also it is important to keep staff educated about threats and best practices, as many types of malware can be prevented through staff awareness.
- NCSC – Mitigating malware and ransomware attacks
- Fortinet – 10 Steps Organizations Can Take in the Fight Against Ransomware
- RSAConference – After a Temporary Lull, Ransomware Has Become a Scourge Again
- Forbes – Two ‘Russian’ Ransomware Attacks Take Down North Carolina City And County Government Systems