Proactive Measures to Safeguard against the Ransomware Menace

Ransomware is a sophisticated malware that infects computing devices and holds the data hostage intending to extort money from its victims. Ransomware uses encryption techniques that render the victim’s data unusable.

Ransomware attacks have evolved with time, and the encryption techniques to harm victims have also become sophisticated, which are often challenging to break. The evolving tactics and the advancement of ransomware attacks lead to data loss if the attacker’s demands are not fulfilled. Lately, ransomware attackers have resorted to double extortion techniques by encrypting the important files on the system, stealing sensitive data, and threatening to publish it online if their demands are not catered to.

Phishing emails and drive-by-download are the most common delivery mechanisms. Advanced ransomware attacks utilize lateral movement techniques to spread in the network and may take seconds to infect the whole network causing productivity and potential financial losses to the organization. And, hence it becomes crucial for users and organizations to proactively shield themselves from ransomware. The age-old quote “Precaution is better than cure” becomes applicable here to keep ourselves safe in this ever-changing digital world.

Measures to stay safe from Ransomware attacks Security Awareness

Security awareness training can help users to identify threats posed by phishing emails, fraudulent/untrusted websites, and social-engineering techniques. If implemented in the right spirit, this awareness and the resultant mindful actions can save us from the dangers of ransomware’s impact.

Backup

Regular backups can help users/organizations to restore important files and data in case of a ransomware attack.

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