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Ransomware Prevention

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The so-called ransomware “industry” has grown rapidly over the past few years. Today, a business finds itself under attack almost every 40 seconds. The ransomware industry rakes in mountains of profit from its victims, although concrete figures are hard to come by. Many victims are hesitant and embarrassed to admit they paid to regain access to their data. However, the estimated combined losses from ransomware payments are expected to reach $6 trillion by the year 2021.

Chief targets by ransomware hackers include organizations in the education, financial, and healthcare industries. These organizations often have thousands or even tens of thousands of gigabytes of customer/patient data they cannot afford to lose—making them all the more willing to pay handsomely to get their data back at any cost. However, any person, business, or organization can become a target of ransomware attackers.

We here at Gillware have provided a comprehensive Ransomware Prevention Guide to assist you and your clients in preventing a ransomware attack, or easily recovering from one if it occurs. Paying close attention to this advice and assessing your approach to IT security can go a long way toward protecting you and your clients from ransomware intrusions.

Download our printable ransomware prevention guide and share it freely with your colleagues, friends, family, and clients:


A Quick Look at Ransomware Prevention

Our Ransomware Prevention Guide offers seven comprehensive points to approach ransomware prevention and security. A good plan to defend yourself from ransomware intrusions and other attacks will encompass all seven points. Download and print our guide for the full experience; for an abridged Cliffs Notes guide to ransomware prevention, read on:

4. Recognize the Usefulness and Limits of Antivirus Software.

No computer or mobile device you use should be without a good antivirus system. However, you must also be aware that antivirus software is far from a panacea for digital ills. Conscientious computer usage and thoughtful security measures are an absolute must for any effective ransomware prevention plan.

The Golden Rule of Ransomware Prevention: Stay Vigilant

Over the past few years, ransomware attacks have gotten easier and easier to pull off—and more lucrative as well. The ease with which hackers can launch ransomware attacks has only increased over time. And in the coming years, ransomware attacks will become even more widespread and (potentially) rake in even more revenue for their perpetrators.

Ransomware creators are constantly stepping up their game, testing out new methods to more successfully infiltrate seemingly-secure infrastructures. These include probing the vulnerabilities in security systems and testing new phishing methods to worm their way into otherwise-secure infrastructures.

The best way to reduce the frequency and intensity of ransomware attacks is to convince their perpetrators that their attacks can no longer generate enough profit for them. In other words—stop paying the hackers. In the past, physicians all but eradicated smallpox and polio through vaccinations, which prevented the viruses from infecting humans and made it impossible for the viruses to spread. Likewise, measures to prevent ransomware attacks from succeeding in the first place can go a long way toward eradicating this practice.

To stay vigilant, security experts must keep abreast of current developments in the ransomware “industry”. Business owners and IT consultants must know what kind of training employees need in order to build strong security measures and guard against ransomware intrusions.

Have you or a client fallen victim to a ransomware intrusion? Contact Gillware Digital Forensics to set up a Ransomware Data Recovery and Forensic Investigation consultation with our ransomware experts:

Will Ascenzo
Will Ascenzo
Will is the lead blogger, copywriter, and copy editor for Gillware Data Recovery and Digital Forensics, and a staunch advocate against the abuse of innocent semicolons.