3 Ways to Protect Your Practice from Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is malicious software that infects a computer and displays a message demanding a fee be paid in order for the system to work again.

With critical data and systems at risk of being held hostage – sometimes for ransom of thousands or tens of thousands of dollars – it is critical to protect your business from ransomware attacks.

I found this amazing article from bizjournal.com about how to protect you practice from ransomware and I wanted to share their tips with you.

Protecting your business from ransomware

There are three primary ways to protect your business from ransomware attacks.

1) Employee training — Because users must perform an action to trigger a ransomware download, employee training is critical to protect your business from ransomware attacks. Your IT team or vendor should provide regular training to help employees identify possible ransomware.

Tips for employees include:

  • Before clicking a link or opening a file, pause to ask yourself if it makes sense. If you get an email that appears to be from UPS but you’re not expecting a package, that should raise a red flag. Or if you receive an email that appears to be from someone in your contact list that you haven’t talked to in years and the message doesn’t make sense, don’t open the attachment.
  • One way to identify a malicious email is to check the spelling of the sender’s email address. An email may come through to you looking like it’s from “UPS.” But if you click on the email address and it’s from “[email protected],” that should raise suspicion.
  • If you receive a suspicious email, contact your IT department — only forward them the email if they ask you to. Then delete the email permanently from your Inbox and deleted items.

2) Back up files — The best defense against ransomware is to outwit attackers by not being vulnerable to ransomware threats in the first place. This means backing up important data daily. This way, even if your computers and servers get encrypted, you won’t be forced to pay to access your data again.

3) Detection software — It’s also important to implement standard IT security measures. This could include technology to detect ransomware and other malware, and patching software security holes to prevent malicious software from infecting systems.

However, keep in mind that no security product is infallible. It is still the people who present the biggest risk factor when it comes to ransomware attacks, which is why employee awareness and training are so critical.

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