How can Owners Protect Their Businesses from Ransomware?

Protect Your Detroit Business From Ransomware

The best way to protect your business from ransomware is to pay attention to how hackers are getting through the firewalls of other organizations and take steps to avoid breaches of your own network.

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How Are Bad Actors Threatening Organizations?

Hackers who unleash ransomware on company networks make billions of dollars. It’s easy to see their motivation from this perspective. Here’s how it works:

  1. A company experiences a ransomware attack.
  2. To gain access to their networks, business owners may be asked to pay a small or large ransom. If they refuse, the hackers could unleash a virus that corrupts their data — which can put a business out of operation for days or longer.
  3. Customers may not be able to trust an organization that failed to secure their private information. Many businesses go under following major cyberattacks.

What Is a Real-World Hacking Example?

Brookside ENT & Hearing Services in Battle Creek, Michigan, recently experienced a ransomware attack that crippled their two-man business. The hackers who took over their system demanded $6,500 to release the firm’s data. The small business owners refused, so the virus deleted their bills, appointments and medical records — including the backups.

They were unable to cancel appointments and eventually had to close the practice due to a lack of medical histories.

On the other hand, paying the ransom doesn’t always yield happy results. Jackson County, Georgia, officials reputedly paid $400,000 to remove a virus from their networks and regain access to their systems. This sets a dangerous precedent for others with the technical knowledge to program ransomware attacks.

Countless other attacks never make the news but devastate small and medium-sized companies that fall prey to cybercriminals. Learn how to protect your business from ransomware nightmares.

What Steps Can You Take to Protect Your Business?

Protect your business immediately with three simple steps. Make sure your software is updated, sign up for an online backup service, and make sure you have the latest version of your operating system.

Vision Computers can come into your office on a weekly or monthly basis to check for the latest updates. Many times, we can do a lot of this remotely. It’s important to stay protected from the latest known viruses. Ask your IT resource or computer company to prepare training documentation on how to avoid phishing emails and suspicious files.

Sign up for an online service to backup your data. You should take this step even if you already have a separate on-premise backup strategy. Vision Computer Solutions techs can set you up with one for minimal costs. The best services back up files from all office devices and your cloud-based data to a remote location. You can always reload your last good backup to remove the virus from your network.

At worst, you’ll lose a few hours or days of work, but it’s better than losing access to your entire system.

Hackers love to exploit weaknesses in older applications and operating systems. Keep your applications and OS updated to eliminate as many vulnerabilities as possible.

These actions may not prevent a ransomware attack. But they give you the power to greatly reduce the odds. It’s important to do everything you can to protect your business and your livelihood.