Are you prepared for ransomware? Everyone who works online has heard about malicious software like viruses, but it is no longer enough to just defend your business from intrusions from the various types of viruses. The world of online threats has gotten smarter, and your precautions need to get smarter as well. Malware is not a new threat, but it is not something everyone understands yet. Ransomware is a type of malware that targets your operating system and data in a specific way.
What Does Ransomware Do?
Today, there is no shortage of ways for viruses and ransomware cyberattacks to gain access to your systems. Maybe they find a weak point in your firewall? They could use social engineering to gather access information from one of your users. A cleverly written email could even convince an employee to download the wrong link or send out their access controls. We’ll talk about how to prevent points of access like that later, but the point is that there are most likely multiple ways to gain entry into your business’s systems.
Once inside, the malicious software goes to work encrypting your data and locking you out from accessing it. Depending on the form of ransomware infection you’re facing, it might target different things like financial records or client information. Whatever it goes after, it will encrypt the files and you will be unable to use any of it. After that, the people in control of the software will demand a ransom to unlock your data and remove their program from your systems.
In the past, many businesses around the world have had no choice but to make the ransom payments and hope the hackers hold to their word. However, paying the ransom is not always the end of their troubles. It does not have to be that way, though. With the right precautions and safeguards, your network can be protected from all the types of ransomware out there.
Learn more about the precautions we take to protect your IT security.
What Does Ransomware Prevention Require?
Unfortunately, there is no single perfect solution when it comes to IT security. The most dependable defenses come from a suite of security solutions all designed to compensate for one another. This approach is where ZenGroup starts. We’ll get to know everything we can about your business—your access points, online operations, and existing security protocols. From there, our team will design a web of security solutions that all work together to keep your data safe and monitor your systems for signs of intrusion.
We’ll train your employees on which email attachments they should watch out for and explain notable signs of phishing attempts. Others might set up a sturdy firewall and call it a day, but ZenGroup will go deeper than that. We will make sure your firewall keeps threats out while allowing your users all the access they need.
This forethought is one of the bonuses you get from a first-rate IT service. Our team will make sure your security measures function within your workflow and do not get in the way of it.
Our library of services also includes options for mobile devices and Wi-Fi network management. We want you to have all the tools you need and all the appropriate security protocols to ensure they don’t become new points of unauthorized access.
We Don’t Stop at Ransomware Cyberattack Prevention
Our experts will develop and install all of the security features we think are appropriate for the safety of your business. However, as we said before, these threats are only going to get more intelligent, and IT security is a continual process that requires being proactive about protection. That is why we do not stop at security features. To make sure your data and systems are secure even in the event of breach or infection, we implement data backups and disaster recovery plans.
If the day comes when your system has been infected and you receive the message from the hacker demanding payment, a disaster recovery plan will empower you to ignore that message and simply restore your data from the backups. When your information has been encrypted and becomes out of reach, it does not have to mean you’re out of luck. With managed services from ZenGroup Technology Solutions, you can be prepared to respond to even the worst scenario. To learn more about preventing ransomware and other cyberattacks, contact us today.