How to Protect Your Organization from Ransomware

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Ransomware attacks use various points of entry – including infected web pages, thumb drives or emails. While phishing tactics have typically been used to trick users into sharing sensitive information, this method is now being used to deploy ransomware. To effectively defend against these kinds of attack methods, email defense should go beyond spam and virus scanning. It should also be sophisticated enough to recognize and block phishing attempts. While you need to block every single attack, the criminals only need to succeed once. Plan in advance for how you'll contain the damage before they do finally break through.

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.

 

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