A study done by the FBI in 2017, ransomware victims paid over $1 billion globally. In 2019 that number rose to $11.5 billion with a predicted increase of $20 billion by 2021. Ransomware attacks create a ripple effect through your business operations. A cyber attack can have a lasting impact on your company, rendering your computer network entirely inaccessible.
Sources and Cyber Attack Prevention
Ransomware can come from several sources. Knowing how ransomware can infect your network is the first step to prevention. Let’s take a look at the most common sources:
Receiving an unfamiliar email is increasingly common. Trojans are a type of malware disguised as a legitimate email attachment or software. Once the trojan is activated cyber criminals have “backdoor” access to your entire system. Consequently, sensitive data and software are compromised.
One of the best ways to prevent a trojan from infecting your network, and perhaps most importantly, is to ensure emails and attachments from unknown sources are not opened. Cyber criminals have been able to disguise these trojans to look as familiar as possible. Using your best judgement, if an email looks even slightly suspicious, do not open any attachments. Additionally, alert your IT department to investigate.
According to Veeam.com, removable media is one of the most likely ransomware sources of infection. A study cited by Google shows that 49% of “bait USBs” were plugged in by people who found them. Although the drives were harmless, it proved that curiosity can kill the cat!
One of the best ways to prevent an infection via removable media is locking down USB ports on company computers and servers. More often than not, an infected USB will be inserted out of curiosity, not malice. Another good rule of thumb is to avoid plugging in unknown USB drives.
Social Media and SMS
Above all, avoid accessing any unfamiliar links sent via text or social media. These shortened links wreak havoc on your system network. If it seems suspicious, it probably is!
These are just some of the many sources of ransomware that can have a devastating impact on your company network. Knowing the signs and how to prevent an attack before it happens is vital to your network’s security. We have the tools for you! Contact Technology Solutions today to learn how our Data Backup and Disaster Recovery services can help you ensure the security of your company’s network. We have the solutions for you!