The short answer is yes. Everyone can be a victim of a Ransomware attack. Small businesses, mid or large sized companies and many other organizations are susceptible. However, your vulnerability can depend on how appealing your data is, how vulnerable your security is and how current your employee training is with regards to email scams and poor browsing habits.
Commonly, infections will come via a well disguised and manicured email. The attacker will often attempt to make it look as legitimate as possible, using official looking documents, logos and signatures. An infection can also find its way through gaps in security systems, which is why it’s important to keep your system up-to-date with security updates and patches. Ransomware is ever adapting and so we must remain vigilant in our practices at preventing and curbing it.
Strategies for Ransomware Prevention
There are a few effective strategies at stopping or recovering from an infection. One is education: by arming yourselves with the tools and knowledge to identify suspicious malware and ensure the knowledge is shared across the board. Education is key to ensuring your systems and members of your company or organization don’t become victims of an attack.
In addition to this strategy is BACK-UPS! We can’t stress enough how important it is to have regular back-ups, daily, weekly, or monthly (at the very least). Back-ups allow you to duplicate data and restore it to a point in time before the infection took root. They also offer you unadulterated versions of files that may have been corrupted or contaminated during an infection.
So, remember, we’re all vulnerable; small businesses, IT advisors, or C-level board members. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure we are prepared and educated on the prevention of ransomware. We need to put proper practices in place and create a clear and concise action plan to carry out in the event of an attack. Together and with the right education, tools and practices we can render ransomware ineffective.