The recent cyber attacks that encrypted thousands of information denying companies their access has made thousands of headlines. This has increased the value of cybersecurity companies ( see Cyber insurance ). We need to clear the smoke with a cybersecurity guide that could help you. It is actually a good thing that companies are seeking ways to decrease their vulnerability. But one thing that entrepreneurs must know about events like those from a week ago is that this kind of threat is latent all the time.
Although cybersecurity, cloud protection, and all these things might sound like pretty complex, the truth is that they should not be as in the Equifax breach or in the Sweden hack situation. There are simple steps that can be taken to prevent ransomware. But let’s begin by defining it.
What is ransomware?
Ransomware is like a syndrome, it is the result of several events that lead to taking over your company’s information. The first thing the hacker does is plant a virus on your system. This virus gives the hacker access to all your information. Once he has it, he will encrypt it and keep you from accessing it. The only way to get it back is to pay them a ransom. This payment is usually in the form of a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
How can my company be protected?
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This recent cyber attack seems to demonstrate that no one is safe. That no matter how much effort you put into it, you will still be vulnerable. This is not true. The first thing that you need to do is to keep your anti-virus up to date. Many companies tend to overlook this and with new threats coming up all the time, keeping your AV updated is crucial.
Since the attacks began, Microsoft has been rolling operating system security patches. We recommend you to download them. Another important step you can take is to never open links or attachments from unknown senders. This is usually the way in which hackers get access to your system.
How can I be protected?
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