What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware attack that prevents organizations from accessing their own data or computer system until they pay a ransom to obtain a decryption key.
There are two types of ransomware:
- Crypto ransomware encrypts the data or files of a system and does not target the device itself. The information can’t be accessed until it is unencrypted.
- Locker ransomware locks down part or or all of the system without encrypting data and the devices are rendered non-operational.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise and have quadrupled in the first half of 2016 alone. In fact, according to CNN the digital extortion of ransomware was over $200 million today and is expected to grow to $1 billion by the end of 2016. You can’t prevent a ransomware attack, but you can protect against it.
3 Steps For Ransomware Protection
Keep your software up to date. Regularly update security, anti-virus and anti-malware software, including operating systems. This should not be restricted to just desktops but should include laptops, smartphones and tablets.
End-user awareness and education. The typical way an organization gets infected by ransomware is through an end-user clicking on an web link or downloading an attachment that is infected with the virus. End-users should always double check the source and refrain from opening unknown attachments.
Regular backups of data to minimize the impact of ransomware on an organization. Information can be restored back to its original state and allows an infected machine to be returned to any point in time prior to the attack – just like going back in time!
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“Druva saved us an unbelievable amount of heartache trying to replace lost files after my hard drive was infected by crypto ransomware. Thanks to my IT team and Druva for the quick and efficient rescue.”
– Manager at U.S. Manufacturing company
and inSync user