How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware: A Comprehensive Guide
Ransomware attacks have become an ever-increasing online threat, with recent high-profile cases, such as the Kaseya and SolarWinds hacks, impacting thousands of companies worldwide. With cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated, businesses need to adopt a multi-layered approach to protect themselves and their data. This article will explore the best ways to safeguard your business from ransomware attacks.
One of the best ways to protect your business from ransomware is to use anti-virus software with built-in ransomware protection. Traditional anti-virus software does not usually include this feature and may require additional service or a higher product tier. Eitex recommends using Sophos Intercept-X Advanced, the #1-rated anti-virus software for ransomware protection. All users should have this product installed.
Email is the single biggest threat to online security, and it’s crucial to have an email security system in place. Microsoft Defender for 365 checks emails for unsafe and malicious content and removes harmful content before users receive it.
Off-site backup is critical to ensure that you can recover your data if you fall victim to a ransomware attack. We strongly advise against relying solely on local USB/NAS backups without accompanying them with cloud/off-site backups, as ransomware can destroy backup data. Eitex recommends using Altaro Server Backup for server backup and Datto backup for computer/laptop backup. At Eitex, we ensure backup checks are done daily.
Keeping your systems updated and patched is vital in protecting your business from ransomware attacks. Windows 10 is recommended for all users, and Windows Updates should be run when prompted by your computer. Implementing a zero-trust policy in your organization is also crucial, and the government’s Cyber Aware website has excellent advice on this. Eitex also holds several Cyber Security events with West Yorkshire Police throughout the year, so be sure to check their website for more information.
Becoming accredited to Cyber Essentials is recommended to ensure you have the necessary security measures. Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed certification that helps businesses protect themselves against cyber threats.
Using the same password for multiple online services is a significant security risk. If a service gets compromised, hackers will try your passwords with other standard online services such as PayPal, Amazon, Microsoft, etc. To avoid this, use a password manager like LastPass.
While implementing the best tools and practices, no one can guarantee 100% protection against online threats. Therefore, it’s crucial to have Business Continuity Insurance in place, covering your business for potential downtime in the event of an attack.
If You Get Ransomware
If your business is affected by ransomware, acting quickly is crucial. Ask your users to immediately shut down all computers, laptops, and servers, disconnect network cables and contact Eitex helpdesk as soon as possible.
Ransomware attacks are a significant threat to businesses of all sizes. Adopting a multi-layered approach to security, including anti-virus and anti-ransomware software, email security, off-site backup, regular system updates and patching, user due diligence, and cyber essentials accreditation, can help protect your business from ransomware attacks. Remember to implement a firm password management policy and have Business Continuity Insurance in place. Eitex is here to help you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to contact us for a free assessment.