It just keeps showing up in the news. Ransomware seems to just not come to an end. If you don’t already know, ransomware is a particularly nasty virus that freezes access to your data and then they demand a ransom, usually paid in bitcoin, before they will release your data. The other thing that is happening in some cases is that they will actually steal your information and threaten to release it publicly, which is again where the ransom comes in. The worst thing about it is that once you are hit, there is almost nothing you can do if you don’t have appropriate backup systems in place. There is no “downloadable” fix. You are stuck. With ransomware, the ONLY cure is prevention. The goal is to set up your systems and your policies so that your data protected and you’ll never be in the situation where you have to pay a ransom.
Because ransomware threats are evolving rapidly, your security protocols need to be constantly updated to ensure your data is secure and that you have a copy that is isolated from your network. Your systems need to be protected from infection through proactive patch management, device lockdown, antivirus and anti-ransomware software, user education, and a proactive review process to keep your technology strategy up to date.
Tier 3 I.T. Solutions provides Cyber Security services to businesses throughout Edmonton, AB to help protect them from the ever evolving risks of ransomware. If you are interested in having a conversation about how our team can help secure your network, and protect your data please contact us today.