So you have a backup, and in the past you could have been assumed you were protected, but this is only seen the start of ransomware.

Q: What is ransomware?
A: Yesterday it was a computer program that encrypted all your network files using a secret password, and until you paid for the password, you can no longer access your files.

Everyday, information and access to data is the difference between organisations, losing access means time is wasted, opportunities are lost, people get angry, the organisation suffers and jobs are lost. This fear explains the success of ransomware, and the backup industry too, because having a separate copy of your files was the best way to defeat ransomware. But that was yesterday.

Alongside advances in technology, cybercrime is also evolving. As IT security specialists we develop best practice to respond to current and perceived threats, and the criminals respond, for example, payment is anonymous and often uses bitcoin which bypasses normal banking regulations.

Q: How is ransomware evolving?
A: Tomorrow, your data will be released publicly.

Rather than simply encrypting your data, and thanks to your fast Internet connection, your data will be uploaded to the Internet, in effect a stolen copy of your data. The criminal will offer you a remote wipe opportunity if you pay the ransom.

Losing your data, will also put you in breach of information regulations, and the upcoming GDPR controls across Europe. Ignoring the damage to brand reputation, losing control of your data cannot be resolved with a backup.

Q: What’s the best practice to mitigate this?
A: Security controls, including;

Least Privilege
Segmentation
Encryption
Multi-Factor Authentication
Patching
Monitoring

For help and advice on meeting the challenges of ransomware threats, please get in touch.



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