There is an ever growing trend of ransomware. If you go to the wrong website or click the wrong link in an email, thieves will hold your data hostage with encryption. The only way to get your data back is to pay them a fee or restore your data from backup.
It is incredibly easy for anyone to get into the ransomware business these days. If you don’t want to take the time to learn how to be a bad guy, you can simply outsource it. It’s called Ransomware as a service, and it’s a real thing.
What can you do to prevent your data from being held hostage? There are many steps your IT provider should take to help prevent this from happening. If you have questions, please reach out to them. You as a business owner or employee of a company are ultimately responsible. Educate yourself on what to look for when it comes to malicious sites or email phishing attempts. Take a free online test.
Nexxtep offers security training that allows employers to track who in their organization has taken the security training. We send weekly and monthly security training and newsletters to keep reminding your employees what to look out for and trends that are occurring.
The most important step you can do is to make sure you have backups and they are tested regularly. Nexxtep recommends the 3-2-1 rule. Have three copies of your data, stored on two different media with one backup copy offsite.