How to stop Ransomware

Including CryptoWall and CryptoLocker The number of ransomware incidents has exploded in the last few years, infecting hundreds of thousands of systems worldwide. Ransomware is malware that’s designed to hold your data hostage unless you pay up. Wait too long —or try to rescue it — and that data can be gone for good.ransom

Late last week, the United Stated Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) issued a joint alert on the Ransomware threat, mentioning the Locky and Samas variants. The alert discusses the history of Ransomware from early Scareware that threatened users into downloading fake antivirus software or paying a fine for alleged “illegal activity”, to the more destructive encrypting Ransomware variants that prevents a user’s access to their files until they pay a ransom for the decryption key.

The big questionis how do I make sure this does not happen to me ?

Have a look at the following 6 steps to prevent it from happening to you or to help you recover from the desaster

Backup 

             Perform and test regular offline backups to limit the impact and expedite the recovery process in the event of an infection.

 Firewall and Spam protection

           How to stop ransomeware on your firewall.

 Patch Microsoft and 3rd Party products

           Keep all operating systems and software patched with the latest security fixes to reduce the number of potential attack vectors for the malware.

 User relaible Anti-Virus

           Scan all downloaded software before executing with up-to-date antivirus software

 Implement Group Policies

           If at all possible, disable macros in documents received from untrusted sources. Microsoft Office 2016 now makes this possible via Group Policy

 Educate Staff

          And finally, watch out for phishing attempts and do not follow unsolicited web links in emails. Information from Microsoft

 

 

 

 

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