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So you have a backup to protect the data.  In the past you could have been assumed you were protected, but what started in 2017 is only the start of ransomware.

Q: What is ransomware?

A: In 2017 it was a computer program that secretly encrypted all your network files using a complex password.  When the encryption was complete a countdown timer displayed a message offering to seel you the password for a limited period.  Until you paid for the password, you could no longer access your files.

Information and access to data is the difference between competing organisations.  Losing access means time is wasted, opportunities are lost, people get angry, the organisation suffers and ultimately 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 try to anticipate future threats.  However, the criminals respond, for example payment is often anonymous an untraceable using apps that bypass normal banking.

Q: How is ransomware evolving?

A: Tomorrow, we expect your data will be released publicly.

Rather than simply stopping you from accessing your data (and thanks to your fast Internet connection) your data will also be uploaded to the Internet, making a stolen copy of your data. The criminal will offer you, for an extra ransom a remote wipe opportunity

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.

How does a backup help now?  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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