A Chain is Only as Strong as It’s Weakest Link
While you can do things to try and prevent Ransomware, it is best to take a proactive approach on how you will recover from a Ransomware attack. Pretend that you are going to be hit with a Ransomware attack tomorrow. What will you do today to prepare for the recovery? I find that the best approach to an attack is to have a good off-site backup in place so you can just remove the infected computer and restore your files to the last restore point.
Have Multiple Backups
Having multiple full backups and doing daily incremental backups will help prevent your data from being lost. At most, you will lose 24-hours of work if you do a nightly backup, none if you are doing the backups in the middle of the night and you figure out that you have an issue first thing in the morning.
Pay Your Employees, not the Hacker!
It is a lot less expensive to recreate 24-hours of information than it is to pay the ransom to “maybe” get your files recovered. Remember, these are the same dishonest people who encrypted your files in the first place. They are under no obligation to honor their side of the bargain by giving you the encryption code.
Having a Good Firewall Can Help
Taking the proactive approach utilizing backups, as mentioned above, is only part of the equation. You should still make every attempt to NOT let your data become a victim of Ransomware in the first place by securing your network at the gateway and making sure all of your servers and workstations are properly protected physically and digitally.
We offer a Gateway Security Appliance that filters all of the data flowing in and out of your network to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your data. If you are concerned that your business is in danger of becoming a victim of Ransomware please schedule a consult and we can help you develop a plan.