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What are the factors needs to consider to protect organization from Ransomware?

posted Nov 2, 2021 by Prashant Honashetti

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*Back up all data. Back up your company’s data regularly. If something goes wrong, you should be able to quickly and easily revert to a recent backup. This won’t protect you from being the target of an attack. But if you’re ever attacked, the fallout *won’t be nearly as devastating.
*Keep software updated. Ransomware attackers sometimes find an entry point within software by exploiting any vulnerabilities. Fortunately, some developers actively search for new vulnerabilities and patch them. Adopt a patch management strategy and ensure that all team members are constantly aware of the latest updates. WannaCry relies on unpatched systems to spread. The patches for the vulnerability have been around for four years, yet evidently many organizations still haven’t applied them.
*Use better threat detection. Most ransomware attacks can be detected and resolved before it’s too late. To maximize your chances of protection, have an automated threat detection system in place.
*Adopt multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication forces users to verify their identities in multiple ways before they’re granted access to a system. If an employee’s password is ever leaked to a criminal, the attacker won’t be able to gain easy access to your systems.
*Use the principle of least privilege. Employees should never have more access to data than they truly need. Segmenting your organization and restricting access can provide a kind of quarantine effect, minimizing the impact of a potential attack and limiting the vectors of access.
*Scan and monitor emails and file activity. Emails are the default choice of cybercriminals running phishing schemes. Scan and monitor emails on an ongoing basis, and consider deploying an automated email security solution to block malicious emails from reaching users. Also, consider scanning and monitoring file activity.
*Improve employee training. Most ransomware attacks are the by-product of bad employee habits or pure ignorance. Someone may voluntarily give out their password or download an unfamiliar file. With better employee training, the chances of this happening are much lower.