IT Fundamentals: Taking a Proactive Approach to Ransomware Protection

Ransomware has quickly emerged as a massive cybersecurity threat for organizations large and small. Last year, the Wannacry malware attack infected more than 200,000 computer systems in over 150 countries last year, making it one of the largest ransomware attacks in history.

With this in mind, it is vital for enterprises to develop preventative solutions to get a step ahead of attacks that could impact their businesses:

    Vulnerability & Penetration Testing
    Two of the best ransomware protection tools that IT departments should use test systems to understand weaknesses in a system or network and to paint a clear picture of how bad a specific weakness may be. We recommend running these tests quarterly as well as after network infrastructure additions, significant system upgrades, security path applications, and end-user policy modifications.

    Backup Strategy & Follow-Up Testing
    Another critical important aspect to taking a proactive approach to ransomware is to not only have a backup strategy in place but to also test that strategy regularly. It can be especially effective to have outside support specifically for backup testing in case your internal team gets sidetracked by other firedrills.

    Comprehensive Cybersecurity Software Implementation
    As powerful as employee education and awareness can be in terms of malware intervention, it is nearly impossible for them to meet the persistence of malware developers. This is why we recommend the increasingly sophisticated software solutions that provide multi-level, proactive tools that go beyond human capabilities. Whether you opt for cloud-based or on-site software, these solutions will use complex threat emulation and extraction systems to detect and block malware threats.

It is incredibly hard to protect against an attack that hasn’t ever happened before—it will be the number one challenge for IT departments in the coming year. Taking these three pointers to heart will put your organization in the best possible position to identify threats and intervene before they strike.