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How to Protect Your Business Against Ransomware

Cyber Security | June 30, 2022

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that threatens to publish or block access to data or a computer system by encrypting it until the victim pays a ransom fee to the attacker. If this fee is not paid, the data is often permanently deleted. Ransomware attacks are surprisingly common, as many small and large companies alike have fallen victim to them. As a leading provider of cybersecurity services, the team at Next Hop Solutions knows how devastating ransomware attacks can be. That is why we have compiled some information outlining how to protect your business against ransomware and keep your operations running smoothly.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Business Safe from Ransomware

To ensure that your business remains protected against ransomware, it is worth performing the following actions:

1. Train Staff to Recognize Suspicious Emails

Human error is one of the leading causes of successful ransomware attacks. That is why one of the most effective ways to protect your business against ransomware is to train your team to recognize suspicious emails. Make sure that team members know to only open emails from senders that they recognize and that they do not click on any links and attachments in an email unless they are positive that they are legitimate.

2. Regularly Apply Software Patches

While patching software can be a time-consuming and tedious job, it is a vital part of securing your business against ransomware. Make sure that all your business computers are using updated software to prevent hackers from finding any vulnerabilities that will allow them to gain access to your network. A managed IT provider may also be able to apply these patches for you, saving you the time and effort.

3. Create an Effective Data Backup Strategy

Having secure and up-to-date backups of all your business’ important data is crucial for defending against ransomware as it will allow you to quickly restore data in the event of a ransomware attack. Consider creating an effective backup strategy that tells you what data needs to be backed up and how often.

4. Create a Ransomware Recovery Plan

An effective ransomware recovery plan covers everything from the technical response—cleaning up computers and reinstalling data from backups—to how to explain the situation to customers and suppliers. Once you have a plan created, make sure to test it to ensure that there are not any gaps in the plan that still need to be addressed.

5. Keep Antivirus Software Up to Date

Since most antivirus software now comes with ransomware-spotting features and add-ons that detect suspicious behaviour, ensuring your business’ antivirus software is up to date can go a long way in protecting your business.

To learn more about our cybersecurity services or to inquire about our other managed IT solutions, get in touch with the team at Next Hop Solutions. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your IT requirements.


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