Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Business From Ransomware? Probably Not

Protect Your Business From Ransomware

Ransomware is more advanced than ever. If you aren’t updating your security with that in mind, you’re in trouble. Here’s why. $6 million as ZDNet reports.

“”Researchers at Carbon Black monitored Dark web forums for offerings of ransomware and have estimated that the marketplace has grown to be worth ,237,248.90, representing a 2,502 percent increase in the sale of ransomware since 2016…”

That’s the size of the ransomware market on the dark web at the time of writing. This time last year, it was worth only $250,000. That’s a 2400% increase. And it’s really no surprise, if you stop and think about it. Criminals have long since realized that hacking into a business’s server to exfiltrate and sell data, that’s hard work. It’s both easier and more profitable to hold that data hostage and demand a payment. If even a small percentage of businesses acquiesce and pay the ransom, a criminal still makes bank. And the effort on their end is less than minimal.

It’s really no surprise, then, that we’ve seen so many global ransomware attacks this year. Nor is it any surprise that the prognosis for the future is incredibly grim. Ransomware attacks are only going to become more advanced. More targeted. More devastating. And ultimately more prevalent. With that in mind, if your business isn’t already stepping up its security in response, you aren’t doing enough. The next WannaCry or NotPetya isn’t going to wait for you to be ready. It’s going to strike when you least expect it – and probably when it’s least convenient for you, as well.

But what can you do to prepare?

A few things:

  • Backup your data. Figure out what information and systems are most critical to your business, and back them up on a daily basis. Whether you upload them to the cloud or keep them on-site, make sure they’re completely walled-off from your existing systems. Plenty of ransomware now is configured to seek out backups and encrypt them first.
  • Be quick on your feet. Monitor your systems constantly for suspicious activity – and the moment you see something that even looks like it could be ransomware, immediately air-gap the affected system. The more quickly you isolate a potential infection from your network, the less damage it can do.
  • Patch. Simply put, the majority of businesses are operating woefully insecure systems – legacy architecture that’s in desperate need of an upgrade. Given how many cyber-criminals exploit simple software vulnerabilities to target their victims, that’s unacceptable.
  • Train your workers. Spearphishing and social engineering remain some of the most effective methods of spreading malicious software. You need to make sure your employees are aware of the tactics a criminal might use – and that they know how to respond in a way that won’t put both themselves and your business data at risk.

Ransomware isn’t going away anytime soon. Business is booming for developers, and criminals everywhere have long since realized it’s the best way to make a cheap buck. Even smarter, more sophisticated hackers are likely to start using it as a smokescreen for more advanced attacks.

You need to get your security up to par immediately – because if you don’t, the next time a rampaging worm holds the world’s data for ransom, you might well be among its victims.

By Max Emelianov, CEO of HostForWeb

Yuliya Melnik
DevOps Services Outsourcing The sooner you release your unique idea to the public, the higher the chance that it will receive the lion's share of the audience's attention. Delays in development can lead competitors to ...
Rakesh Soni
Multi-tenant clouds are becoming more popular than ever because they're incredibly cost effective and easy to set up. If you're considering switching your business over to a multi-tenant cloud platform, this article is for you ...
Jim Fagan
Subsea Connectivity Digital transformation and the migration of data and applications to the cloud is a global phenomenon. While we may like to think that the cloud knows no borders, the reality is that geopolitics ...
Louis
Why Services CPQ Is Too Slow Today When PS organizations compete in sales cycles, the first competitor to have a complete quote with accurate pricing, schedules, and an engagement plan will often win. However, getting ...
Gilad David Maayan
Azure Storage Pricing Introduction to Azure Storage Services Azure Storage is a set of cloud storage services provided by Microsoft as part of the Azure public cloud. It offers highly scalable object storage, file systems ...

SECURITY TRAINING

  • Isc2

    ISC2

    (ISC)² provides IT training, certifications, and exams that run online, on your premises, or in classrooms. Self-study resources are available. You can also train groups of 10 or more of your employees. If you want a job in cybersecurity, this is the route to take.

  • App Academy

    App Academy

    Immersive software engineering programs. No experience required. Pay $0 until you're hired. Join an online info session to learn more

  • Cybrary

    Cybrary

    CYBRARY Open source Cyber Security learning. Free for everyone, forever. The world's largest cyber security community. Cybrary provides free IT training and paid IT certificates. Courses for beginners, intermediates, and advanced users are available.

  • Plural Site

    Pluralsite

    Pluralsight provides online courses on popular programming languages and developer tools. Other courses cover fields such as IT security best practices, server infrastructure, and virtualization.