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5 Quick Tips to protect your business from ransomware

Lantech Mar 16, 2022 11:30:00 AM

Ransomware attacks are a major issue facing businesses, as Europe experienced a 234% surge in attacks in 2021.

Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to ransomware schemes due to the lack of IT resources.

Taking a proactive approach to limiting these cyber threats is essential in providing your business with an added layer of protection.

Here at Lantech, we highly recommend 

taking these additional steps to help protect your business from ransomware attacks.


1) Train and Educate Your Staff About Ransomware

One way to limit ransomware incidents is to educate your staff about these threats. Cybercriminals often use email to deploy these attacks, it's therefore critical to train your staff how to spot suspicious emails and links that may contain ransomware.

For example, messages with a sense of urgency or several spelling mistakes are often a sign of a malicious email. Providing ongoing training sessions for your staff is key to staying proactive due to the evolving nature of these threats.


2) Have You Checked Your Backups?

When was the last time you had a report detailing the success/failure of your backup?

A key aspect to protecting your business against ransomware is to create and check your backups. Making sure these data backups are up to date is critical.

It's also important to check to see that these data backups can't be edited in any way for an added layer of protection. Verifying that the backups are using a unique account is also key to staying protected against ransomware attacks.


3) Install Updates, Patches, and Upgrades

Many businesses make the simple mistake of not keeping their software up to date with the latest patches.

Outdated software exposes your business to ransomware threats, as it's important to turn on automatic updates for the best protection. Keeping your software up to date can improve efficiency and limit the chance of any cybersecurity incidents.


4) Deploy Managed Detection & Response (MDR)

Ransomware threats are constantly evolving. Trying to keep up with these threats on your own isn't easy. Don't rely solely on Anti-Virus software as it's often ineffective is detecting and responding to Ransomeware. 

Investing in advanced threat detection software is key to giving your business the best protection. Deploying a managed detection and response (MDR) service makes it possible to detect potential ransomware incidents before they cause widespread damage.


5) Ensure No One is a Local Admin

Removing local admin rights for your employees is key to limiting ransomware incidents. (Your staff don't need it) Taking these additional steps makes it more difficult for malware to be installed on a device, and it decreases the chance of an attacker holding your confidential data for ransom.

Making sure no one is a local admin is always an extra step worth taking that can help keep your data safe and secure. 


Get a Free Cyber Security Review from Lantech

Ransomware incidents will continue to create major problems for businesses due to the lucrative nature of these attacks.

Getting a free cybersecurity review from Lantech is an excellent way to stay proactive against these schemes.

Our experienced team will evaluate your business to determine your risk level while discussing ways to improve your cybersecurity. Book a meeting today to secure your review.

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