A worldwide cyberattack called WannaCry ransomware is currently encrypting billions of files in and infecting computers in more than 150 countries. So far, WannaCry is the most severe ransomware attack of 2017. The malware continues to cause troubling data damage for many institutions.
WannaCry encrypts the entire hard disk content, personal files, and sensitive information. It holds the infected computer(s) hostage until payment is made in order to regain access to the files. Everything is held ransom; including data stored in cloud accounts (Google Drive, Dropbox) synced on the PC.
The frequency of Ransomware attacks are increasing and protecting your Business from cyberattack has to be practical priority. Take the proactive approach by employing a robust IT security strategy-a combination of software based solutions like antivirus and backups, together with effective security awareness training for your users. With these tools, you can protect your business’ critical data.
How Does Your Computer Get Infected?
The most common infection method used by cybercriminals is virus injected e-mail links. Malware can also be disguised as fake PDF files from co-workers, friends, family or reputable companies.
Be cautious of suspicious email and attachments. Unless you are expecting a downloadable link or attachment, do not click on one.
Be cautions of emails you receive from somebody you know asking you to open a document and enter your Office 365 / Google ID / Dropbox credentials.
Ransomware invasions also originate from websites. It is buried in the code of Malvertising. It is located in advertising software and injects ransomware code while the actual advertisement is loading.
Be wary of heavily animated ads or offers that seem too good to be true
Do not download any plugins from suspicious websites. Example: Adobe Flash plugin, Video plugins…
Install a trusted ad blocker or an Antivirus browser extension.
One infected Device on your network can spread the ransomware to all other devices and encrypt the Data on other servers or workstations within seconds.
Have a secure Wifi network. Visitors should only use guest Wifi.
Have running Antivirus on all devices connected to the internet.
Install Windows updates on all devices.
Never plug unknow external devices , like a USB to the network.
What To Do If You Get Infected?
- Immediately disconnect your device from your network and unplug all storage device.
- Power off your computer / devices
- Call +1(678) 702-5500 for help !!
- Curl up and cry if you didn't do step 1 & 2 fast enough.
Defense & Prevention
Employers must educate their employees on cyber safety best practices. Employees must be capable of spotting and reporting phishing emails to the company’s centralized authority.
Ransomware often goes undetected by Antivirus as they need to get discovered by cyber security researchers first. Backup your Data often to be 100 percent safe. Multiple storage solutions have to be used : On-site and Off-site.
Ransomware attacks, data breaches and rogue employees must be able to be spotted by consistent monitoring : Blacklisted software policy , Filter mail rules, ect..