Full Managed Services: Protection Against Ransomware
There are two types of ransomware attacks that affect home and corporate users. The first type blocks a particular device, cloud service, or account while the second type encrypts the content of a physical or virtual computer device. Encryption malware is the main source of trouble for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) because it scrambles sensitive information that therefore becomes unreadable to everyone except the attacker. A report by the Kaspersky Lab antivirus company reads that the number of users affected by ransomware grew 17.7% between 2015 and 2016 with over 2,300,000 users encountering ransomware issues all over the globe.
Growing Number of Attacks
In the early days of these types of malware attacks, ransomware removal was relatively easy and the blocking or encrypting software was not perfected. However, within the last year, the number of corporate users attacked rose from 27 thousand to 158.6 thousand. Any SMB owner can experience ransomware issues and the malware is getting more sophisticated and harder to remove once it has penetrated a corporate computer system or a network. A report by antivirus maker Symantec found that in 2015, ransomware attacked not only Windows-based computer systems but also smart phones, Mac, and Linux systems, which in turn means a growing number of corporate systems are being affected.
Ransomware Removal and Prevention
Any small and medium-sized business should adopt a strategy to prevent cryptoware or block ransomware from entering their devices and IT networks. Essential business resources such as data storage devices, business-critical computer systems, or cloud-based resources utilized for business purposes can be infected. And recovering the data can be extremely costly: anywhere from $1,000 to $150,000.
Prevention of ransomware attacks should include a few basic strategies:
- Always patch all your business systems and software with the latest patch releases.
- Implement a strategy to avoid human errors and adopt a policy that deals with the management of personal devices used to access corporate networks or resources.
- Consider the use of managed IT services such as Intersection Technology Solutions’ Full Managed Services, which takes care of all the required IT security measures and implementation of software patches.
- You should also backup all of your business-critical systems and drives on a regular basis. Backups can be performed on premise or by using a dedicated Full managed services provider that will store all your essential information in a safe place and restore it in the event of a ransomware attack.
What SMBs Should do if Ransomware Infects Their Systems?
If you encounter any ransomware problems, you should disconnect and isolate any affected device or system at first place. Since ransomware removal is a complex task, and most ransomware is trying to infect as many drives or as many systems it can reach, you should contact a specialized ransomware removal specialist. If you have introduced measures for performing routine backups of your data, ransomware removal is not a problem after the infected system is restored to its clean state. That is where Full Managed Services can be very helpful. As long as you have selected a reputable service provider, your archived data or business-critical applications will be stored safely and protected against any type of malware.
Provided that SMBs are becoming a common victim of ransomware attacks, any removal or prevention strategy should consider the use of managed IT services like the advanced solutions provided by Intersection Technology Solutions. Contact us today and prevent these attackers from accessing your files.