How to Protect Your Organization from Ransomware

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In a recent study, 94 percent of people couldn't tell the difference between a real email and a phishing email 100 percent of the time. Business leaders should promote security awareness among their employees, and train them to be able to spot phishing emails before they click. It's important to note that the employees are the frontline and the most vulnerable when it comes to the success of these attacks, so they should be best equipped to spot them.

Ransomware is taking organizations of all sizes by storm with a keen eye on the health care sector, as made evident by recent outbreaks in the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, and more recently the Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky. Although the ransom can be costly, the reality is that the downtime inflicted by ransomware can be even more damaging to businesses.

A recent report commissioned by Intermedia found that 72 percent of employees were unable to access their files for at least two days, and 32 percent were locked out for five days or more. Richard Walters, SVP of Security Products at Intermedia, believes that companies need to take this emerging threat more seriously, and can start to do so by taking the necessary steps to minimize the damages.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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